The High Potential Start-Up ‘Founder of the Year 2017’ announced at Enterprise Ireland Awards

21st June, 2017

Founder of the Year

L-R: Kevin Foley, Partner, Grant Thornton, Tony McEnroe, CEO, SiriusXT and Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, HPSU, Enterprise Ireland

This evening, 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.

The Founder of the Year award forms an important element of the HPSU Founders Forum. Enterprise Ireland created the HPSUFounders Forum in 2015 and currently there are over 100 participants from a variety of sectors including software, medical devices, food, engineering and construction. The objective of the Forum is to provide a platform for founders to help founders succeed internationally and scale faster. 

Addressing delegates at the Awards, Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Global Business Development said: “The Enterprise Ireland Founder of the Year Award forms an important part of the HPSU Founders Forum, providing a platform to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment that entrepreneurs and start-ups have made to build world class companies of the future. The main objective of the Forum is to provide a platform for founders to help founders succeed internationally and scale faster and Tony McEnroe, CEO of SiriusXT exemplifies a founder with a clear pathway to building international scale and with the potential to become a world leader in his field. The future looks bright for Irish start-ups and we congratulate Tony and wish all the nominees shortlisted here today the very best for the future.”

The judging panel of the HPSU Founder of the Year Award 2017 included former founder and HPSU alumni John Purdy, CEO of Ergo, Kevin Foley, Grant Thornton, Colin Goulding, Google Customer Experience and Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, HPSU, Enterprise Ireland.

As the overall winner, SiriusXT received a prize valued at €15,000 provided by Grant Thornton to further support the development of the company. 

Announcing the winner, Kevin Foley, Partner, Grant Thornton said: “Grant Thornton are delighted to sponsor the Enterprise Ireland Founder of Year Awards 2017. The quality of the participants is a true reflection of the talented entrepreneurs we currently have across all sectors in Ireland. The awards are an excellent way of recognising the talent that is being nurtured and developed with the support of Enterprise Ireland’s HPSU  Founders Forum programme. We look forward to working with Tony and SiriusXT to recognise the full potential of a very worthy winner.” 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

Nominees of the Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founder of the Year Award:

David Whelan

 

Immersive VR Education Ltd is a virtual reality software company dedicated to creating quality educational experiences for all students. Since they opened their doors in October 2014, the company has moved in leaps and bounds, releasing a range of educational experiences and winning seven International awards for their educational software.

 

Ollie Hynes

 

HUB Controls is an award-winning Irish tech start-up in the home automation/energy management sector. Founded in 2014 by CEO Oliver Hynes, the company launched their first product, a future-proof smart thermostat called the HUB Controller in November 2016.

 

Liz Fulham

SalesOptimize is a B2B eCommerce Market Intelligence and Sales Lead Generation Company. We are mapping the Internet to find all the eCommerce sites e.g Retailers, Hotel, and Travel around the world. We provide a highly innovative sales lead generation tool for business to break into the eCommerce market, which is estimated globally at $1.9 Trillion. Our data is extracted directly from the Internet.

Tony Judge

 

Clubs to Hire supplies high end rental golf clubs to golfers who are travelling in Europe and further afield. The service allows golfers to book their preferred set of clubs online and then pick them up at their airport of choice. This is convenient, cheaper than flying your set and allows golfers try out the latest sets to market. The service is available at 23 worldwide golfing locations and the business looked after 75,000 golfers in 2016.

Liam Holton

 

Future Ticketing is a global provider of digital ticketing and sales enabling software. We provide a cost competitive solution that enables venues and events to sell tickets directly through their own website and social media. Future Ticketing has capacity for events and venues from 100 to 100,000 plus customers.

Eoin O’Broin

 

Solar AdTek has developed an autonomous self-regulating Solar Power Management System with integrated LED lighting that provides illumination for bus shelters that have no electrical connection. Passenger safety is improved by under-canopy lighting and commercial interests are satisfied by the increase in advertising revenue gained by illuminating the poster displays at night.

Tony McEnroe

 

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, which has been developed by two of SiriusXT’s co-founders while doing post-doctorate research at UCD and which has been exclusively licensed by the company.

Stephen McGinley

 

We are an animal enrichment and nutrition company who supply robotic feeding solutions to over 30+ Zoos, Safari Parks & Aquariums globally from San Diego Zoo to Singapore Zoo. Our feedpods™ and www.UltimateAnimal.com platform allow for 24hr around the clock wellness, feeding & monitoring. 

Pieter Oonk

 

TVadSync is a leading advertising data management company with offices in Dublin, New York and LA that helps brands such as Western Union, NBC Universal, Kroger and HP extend their TV advertising to digital.

 

Download the Nominees of the Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founder of the Year Award [pdf format].

ENDS

For further information:

Conor O'Donovan

Enterprise Ireland

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Nicola Corboy

Enterprise Ireland

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