Monday 26 September 2016

Bono's brother bags brace of Summit awards

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Norman Hewson with Bizimply co-founder Gerard Forde and their ESB Spark of Genius award
Norman Hewson with Bizimply co-founder Gerard Forde and their ESB Spark of Genius award

Workforce management software company Bizimply - co-founded by Bono's brother Norman Hewson - won the ESB Spark of Genius award, one of Ireland's most prominent start-up competitions.

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The victory netted the firm €25,000 in cash.

Another co-founder, Bizimply's chief executive Gerard Forde, told the Irish Independent that the company was growing fast.

It has just opened up an office in Boston, and expects to double its workforce from 13 to 26 over the next year.

The panel of judges included Shay Walsh, Managing Director at BT Ireland, and Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent News & Media, which publishes this newspaper.

Bizimply also won an award for best business pitch.

The Pitch awards, which are traditionally presented on the last day of the Web Summit, are two-tiered.Bizimply won the gong for companies that have raised less than $3m.

The Alpha award, for those with less than $500,000 in funding, was won by Connecterra, a company that provides location and monitoring services for dairy cattle.

Irish Independent

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