Sunday 23 July 2017

Bono's brother's Bizimply wins ESB Spark of Genius award and €25k prize

Norman Hewson wins an award at Web Summit Credit: Mark Doyle
Norman Hewson wins an award at Web Summit Credit: Mark Doyle
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

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.

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

Another co-founder, Bizimply’s chief executive Gerard Forde, told Independent.ie that the company was growing very fast, 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 Mary Collins,  partner at Greencoat Capital, Shay Walsh, Managing Director at BT Ireland and Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent News & Media, which publishes this website.

Bizimply also won a 'Pitch' award for best business pitch.

Those awards, which are traditionally presented on the last day of the Web Summit,  are two-tiered - and 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.

A total of 1,300 firms pitched for the awards and 200 made it to Summit stage. There were six finalists.

Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive and co-founder of the Web Summit, presented the awards.

 

 

 

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