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Today, Mervyn O’Callaghan, co-founder and CEO of CameraMatics, was named the Enterprise Ireland High-Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founder of the Year for 2021 at a virtual awards event, sponsored by Grant Thornton.
CameraMatics provides cutting-edge, award-winning SaaS technology for fleet and driver risk management. The company helps customers reduce accidents, improve operational efficiencies and manage compliance. Scaling fast, CameraMatics has close to 1,000 customers including global leading fleet operators.
The Founder of the Year Awards acknowledge and celebrate the commitment that entrepreneurs and start-ups have made to build world-class companies of the future. There were 12 nominees for the 2021 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 24 months.
Fionn Lahart of One Projects and John McCarthy of Taxamo were also acknowledged for their companies’ achievements to date and voted as runners-up. Other finalists included: Ian Duffy, Accelerated Payments; Niamh Parker, Altada; Ross Lawless, CALT Dynamics; Karina Kelly, Content Llama; Kerrill Thornhill, MEG; Oisin Curran, Odyssey VC; Sharon Cunningham, Shorla Pharma; Wendy Slattery, The Beauty Buddy and Peter Jenkinson, Wrkit.
Enterprise Ireland and Select Strategies created the HPSU Founders Forum to give founders a platform where they can address issues, share challenges and seek support from each other and from founders who are further along in their entrepreneurial journey. Since its inception, over 300 founders have participated in the HPSU Founders Forum from a range of sectors including software, medical devices, food, engineering and construction.
The 2021 Founder of the Year was decided by a judging panel which included representatives from Enterprise Ireland, Atlantic Bridge, Ergo, Google and Grant Thornton. Previous award winners include Brian Shields of Neurent Medical, John Ghent of Sytorus and Tony McEnroe of Sirius XT.
Addressing the virtual audience at the award ceremony, Kevin Sherry, Executive Director of Global Business Development at Enterprise Ireland said: “On behalf of Enterprise Ireland, I wish to congratulate Mervyn O’Callaghan from CameraMatics on winning this year’s Founder of the Year Award. The primary objective of the Founders Forum is to provide a platform for founders to help other founders succeed internationally and scale faster. Mervyn is an excellent example of a founder with a clear pathway to scaling globally with the potential to become a world leader in his field. I would also like to congratulate the 11 other nominees, all of whom were shortlisted by their peers, which is a real testament to their potential and future success.”
Jenny Melia, Divisional Manager ‒ High Potential Start-Ups at Enterprise Ireland added: “The Founder of the Year Awards celebrate Ireland’s vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs who have displayed commitment to building their businesses and realising their global ambition. Each of today’s nominees have achieved so much within their own fields of work and their success is an inspiration for the next generation of founders coming up behind them. Congratulations to all those who took part and a particular commendation to Mervyn O’Callaghan from CameraMatics on winning this year’s Founder of the Year Award.”
Speaking at the event, Kevin Foley, Partner at Grant Thornton said: “Grant Thornton is delighted to sponsor the Enterprise Ireland Founder of the Year Awards once again in 2021. Each of the nominees have really surpassed our expectations as a judging panel and we can clearly see why each of the founders were nominated by their peer group. The exceptional talent that Enterprise Ireland and the Irish start-up ecosystem continues to nurture and support gives us fantastic encouragement and optimism for the future of the Irish economy. We congratulate Mervyn O’Callaghan from CameraMatics on winning the 2021 Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founder of the Year Award and look forward to hearing a lot more about all the finalists as they implement their business plans over the coming months and years.”
On accepting the Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founder of the Year Award 2021, Mervyn O’Callaghan, co-founder and CEO of CameraMatics said: “I’m delighted to have been named as Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up Founder of the Year 2021. I’m very grateful to all my peers in the Founders Forum for nominating me for this award. I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the entire team at CameraMatics – we couldn’t have come this far without your exceptional talent and continued dedication – and a special word of thanks to my co-founder and long-term business partner Simon Murray. The guidance and support that we received from Enterprise Ireland, the Founders Forum and my peer founder participants over the last year or so has been invaluable in helping us to achieve our vision of improving driver and vehicle safety globally, particularly as we have navigated these uncertain times together.”
Ian Duffy, Accelerated Payments
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Niamh Parker, Altada
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Ross Lawless, CALT Dynamics
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Mervyn O’Callaghan, CameraMatics
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Karina Kelly, Content Llama
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Kerrill Thornhill, MEG
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Oisin Curran, Odyssey VC
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Fionn Lahart, On Projects
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Sharon Cunningham, Shorla Pharma
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John McCarthy, Taxamo
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Wendy Slattery, The Beauty Buddy
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Peter Jenkinson, Wrkit
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