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Founder of the Year Award

The Founder of the Year award, sponsored by Grant Thornton, is an important element of the HPSU Founders Forum.

This yearly event is attended by the Founder Forum members and other invited guests from the start-up community.

Founders are nominated by their peers to present to a judging panel and the winner is announced at the Founder of the Year event.

Founder of the year – 2019 – Neurent Medical

Pictured left to right Kevin Foley, Grant Thornton, Brian Shields, Neurent Medical and Kevin Sherry, Enterprise Ireland.

Brian Shields, Founder of Neurent Medical was awarded the Enterprise Ireland High-Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founder of the Year for 2019 at an awards event at the Gibson Hotel last night, sponsored by Grant Thornton. The Galway based company designs and develops products for treating inflammatory disease of the nasal cavities.

The Founder of the Year Awards, now in its third year, acknowledge and celebrate the commitment that entrepreneurs and start-ups have made to build world class companies of the future. There were nine finalists for the 2019 Award, all of whom were voted for by their peers who have been taking part in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founders Forum over the last year.

Gillian Doyle, Cerebreon Technologies and Brendan Sheppard, SmartFactory were also acknowledged for their companies’ achievements to date and voted as runners-up on the night. Other finalists included: Declan Soden, Mirai Medical, Ollie Walsh, Pip iT, Rob Leslie, Sedicii, Aisling Teillard, Tandem HR Solutions, Pat Kirby, Tixserve and Rafael Pages, Volograms.

Founder of the year – 2018 – Sytorus

HPSU Founder of the Year 2018. John Ghent from Sytorus was awarded Enterprise Ireland High-Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founder of the Year for 2018 at an awards event at the Gibson Hotel Dublin. Pictured L-R: Joe Healy, Divisional Manager for the High Potential Start-up Unit, Enterprise Ireland; John Ghent, CEO, Sytorus.

John Ghent from Sytorus was awarded Enterprise Ireland High-Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founder of the Year for 2018 at an awards event at the Gibson Hotel last night, sponsored by Grant Thornton. Sytorus is one of Europe’s leading data protection firms with offices in Dublin, London and Stockholm.

The Founder of the Year Awards, now in its second year, acknowledge and celebrate the commitment that entrepreneurs and start-ups have made to build world class companies of the future. There were seven finalists for the 2018 Award, all of whom were voted for by their peers that have been taking part in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founders Forum over the last year.

Other finalists included: Paul Killoran, Ex Ordo; Niall Rafferty, Medxnote (3rd Runner-up); Simon Dempsey, Likewhere; Brian Noonan, Cala Medical; Dan Fox, Johnson Hana and Paul Mullin, The White Hag (2nd Runner-up).

Founder of the year – 2017 – SiriusXT

Pictured left to right Kevin Foley, Partner, Grant Thornton, Tony McEnroe, CEO, SiriusXT and Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, HPSU Enterprise Ireland. 

Tony McEnroe of SiriusXT was presented with the inaugural Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) “Founder of the Year Award”, supported by Grant Thornton at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin 1.

SiriusXT has developed and built a bench-top, Soft X-Ray Microscope [SXT100] that is capable of generating high-resolution 3D images of the internal structure of whole biological cells. The SXT100 is built on soft x-ray source technology and has been exclusively licensed by the company.

SiriusXT was one of nine start-up companies to be selected for the Founder of the Year Award whereby each of the companies shortlisted were nominated by their founder peers. Liz Fulham of SalesOptimize and Eoin O’Broin of Solar AdTek were recognised and received awards as runners-up on the night.

The other nominees included Immersive VR Education; Hub Controls; Clubstohire.com; Future Ticketing;Feedpods and TVadSync.