it@cork Chairperson Gillian Bergin.

it@Cork and KerrySciTech Leaders Awards finalists revealed

This week it@cork and KerrySciTech announced the finalists for the upcoming annual Leaders Awards.

Spread across nine categories, from tech start-ups to excellence in education, this year’s shortlisted finalists were selected from nearly 100 applicants from the south west's business ecosystem.

The awards, returning in-person for the first time since 2019, will take place on Friday 4 November in the Rochestown Park Hotel.

This year’s Leaders Awards are being run jointly with KerrySciTech.

In July 2022 it@cork and KerrySciTech formed a strategic partnership to collaborate and strengthen the tech and wider business ecosystem across Cork and Kerry.

it@cork Chairperson, Gillian Bergin said: “We received a huge amount of high-calibre submissions, and our judges had the hard job of narrowing down this year’s entries to our chosen finalists.

“From scaling start-ups to smart technology, the finalist's list reflects the innovation, diversity, talent and achievements of the organisations across the south west.”

“Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and indeed to everyone nominated. There is clearly excellence right across the region,” she added.

Chairperson for KerrySciTech Manjit Gill co mented: “We are truly looking forward to celebrating with all of the shortlisted finalists and honour their ongoing ingenuity and innovative approach as leaders in the south-west technology landscape.”

An additional category, Tech Person of the Year, will be chosen by the it@cork and KerrySciTech Executive Boards and a Chairpersons Award will be selected by both chairpersons.

The Excellence in Education award winner will receive €5,000 to promote STEM activities within their school for teachers and students, sponsored by Trend Micro.

Sponsors for this year’s Leaders Awards include it@cork Skillnet, Deloitte, RDJ, Fexco, Trend Micro, Cork Smart Gateway, KPMG, Cork City Council, Springboard Communications, Cork County Council, Enterprise Ireland, as well as Kinsale Gin.

For over 15 years, it@cork’s Leaders Awards have recognised those who have excelled in the technology sector in the south west region of Ireland, from notable multinationals and disruptive start-ups to ground-breaking individuals and emerging companies.

As one of Ireland’s most established and connected technology clusters it@cork represent over 200 tech and tech enabled companies in the south west of Ireland.

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The awards shortlist are:

Tech Start Up of the Year :

Graphite Note

Cotter AgriTech


Tech Scale Up of the Year:




Smart Technology Innovation:

Johnson Controls

Janssen Sciences


It@cork Skillnet Best Learning Workplace:

Cork County Council


Aspen Grove

Diversity, Inclusion & Social Impact:




MNC of the Year:




Excellence in Education:

McEgan College

St Vincent’s Secondary School

North Monastery Secondary School