The shortlist for the 2022 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards has been announced, with 29 people representing 25 companies nominated in three categories.
EY said the companies shortlisted for what will be the awards program’s 25th year have generated annual revenue of more than €800 million.
Along with the selection of an overall EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner in November and winners in each of the emerging, established and international categories, EY will for the first time present a sustainability award to the finalist judged to have made the greatest contribution to environmental sustainability throughout its business.
“Our entrepreneurs this year represent an impressive range of industries, including consumer, healthcare, energy, banking and manufacturing,” said Roger Wallace, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Lead Partner.
“From a company that has delivered Europe’s largest wind farms to a family-owned tailor who has been dressing some of Ireland’s biggest names since the 1930s, to a company harnessing cutting-edge AI to unlock the value of the data, the scope of the The impact that these entrepreneurs have on the entire island is enormous”.
The finalists in the emerging category are: John Harkin of Alchemy Technology Services; Allan F Beechinor and Niamh Parker of Altada; Cloudsmith’s Alan Carson; Caroline Dunlea of Core Optimization; Helen Cahill of InvoiceFair; Stephen Nolan of Nutritica; Fionn Lahart and Christoph Hennersperger of One Projects, and Evelyn Kelly of Orphan Drug Consulting Ltd.
The finalists in the established category are: Tom O’Connor and Kieran Cusack of Conack Construction Ltd; Harriet Dunne of ICE Comfort Slat Mats Ltd; Louis Copeland of Louis Copeland & Sons Ltd; Andrew Lynas of Lynas Foodservice; Michelle Daly of P&G Cards Ltd; Alan Browne of KOREC; Cathal Fay of PrePay Power and Paul Stewart of MyBaggage.
The finalists in the international category are: Justin Lawless of Intact; John T O’Sullivan of BioAtlantis; Gregory Bradley of BLK BOX; Michael Dixon of Dixon International Transport Ltd; Jacqueline O’Reilly of KonFloor; Michael Slein of the ROBUS LED Group; Mainline’s Jamie O’Rourke; Martin McKay of Texthelp Ltd and Aidan Corbett and Jack Pierse of Wayflyer.
“Harnessing the power of technology to empower businesses, customers and communities, to positively impact entire industries and help change our future for the better is a key motivator for this year’s cohort of finalists,” said Wallace.
“Each of our entrepreneurs is revolutionizing their own industries and creating opportunities for Ireland and beyond.”
The judging panel for this year’s awards will be chaired by Anne Heraty, CEO of CPL Resources, who won the overall award in 2006. She will be joined on the panel by Denis O’Brien, Edmond Harty, Joe Hogan, Mark Roden , Evelyn O’Toole, Harry Hughes, Richard Kennedy, Jenny Melia, Aimee Connolly, Michael Carey, Jerry Kennelly and Jeremy Fitch.