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7 of the best: Corkmen up for EY Entrepreneur title

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 4:16pm

Seven Cork entrepreneurs are in the running for one of the most prestigious business awards in Ireland. The seven Cork businesspeople are shortlisted for the title of EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 among with 17 other competitors.

The awards gala is to take place on Thursday 25 October in Dublin with Noel O’Hanlon of Genesis Automation, Peter Coppinger and Dan Mackey from, Damien McGovern and Pat Lynch from Compliance & Risks, Eoin Leonard of i3PT Certification and FinTrU’s Darragh McCarthy among the shortlisted finalists.

Collectively, the 24 finalists employ more than 2,700 people and generate annual revenues of €150m.

2018 marks the twenty-first anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur of The Year in Ireland. The business awards programme is divided into three categories: Emerging, Industry and International - with eight finalists chosen per category.

The 24 finalists have been selected by an independent panel of judges made up of former EY Entrepreneur of The Year winners including Anne Heraty, CEO of Cpl Resources plc and Chairperson of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Judging Panel.

The last Cork entrepreneur to win the overall title was Liam Casey from PCH International in 2007. A winner will be selected from each of the three categories and from these three winners, an overall winner will be announced and crowned as EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2018.

The overall winner will then go on to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur of The Year Awards in Monaco in June 2019, competing against over 60 leading entrepreneurs from across the globe. This year, Ireland was represented by Mayo’s Harry Hughes of Portwest.

Peter Coppinger and Dan Mackey will compete in the International category. Their company,, design online project management, help desk and team messaging software with the aim of maximising your team’s productivity, communication, and overall customer happiness.

Damien McGovern and Pat Lynch will also compete in the International category. Their company, Compliance & Risks help companies monitor and manage compliance regulations, standards and requirements to better mitigate risk. Noel O’Hanlon will compete in the Emerging category. His company, Genesis Automation, create innovative healthcare value-chain solutions to improve patient outcomes, cut costs and eliminate waste for both healthcare and technology providers.

Eoin Leonard will also compete in the Emerging category. i3PT is a world-leading expert in third party certification of critical building elements in the built environment and a market leader in assigned certification.

Darragh McCarthy will compete in the Emerging category too. His company, FinTrU, is a high quality, cost-effective, near-shore outsourcing for global financial services. Earlier this year, he created over 600 jobs between Derry and Belfast.

Chaired by Anne Heraty of Cpl Resources plc, the panel includes previous EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (overall and category) winners Brendan Mooney, Michael Carey, Mark Roden, Evelyn O’Toole, Dr. Edmond Harty, Joe Hogan, Jerry Kennelly, Pat McDonagh and Denis O’Brien as well as Joe Healy from Enterprise Ireland and Jeremy Fitch from Invest Northern Ireland.

The programme is supported by Julius Baer International: Enterprise Ireland and Invest NI.

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