'Little Museum of Dublin' founders scoop top award worth €100,000
Entrepreneurs Trevor White and Simon O'Connor also won €10,000 in cash
Two entrepreneurs who opened a tourist attraction to celebrate life in Dublin have scooped a top award worth €100,0000.
Trevor White and Simon O'Connor, founders of The Little Museum of Dublin, were named winners of the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award.
The pair won €10,000 in cash and up to €100,000 worth of mentoring and consultancy services from a range of top finance, law, IT and marketing firms.
Dr Chris Horn, chair, said while all nine finalists were very impressive the judges felt the pair resonated the most with the late Mr Manley, a businessman who supported SMEs.
“Like him they are passionate, full of energy and positivity, are great lateral thinkers and highly engaging," Dr Horn said.
“They have a very clear vision and roadmap of how they intend to fulfil it.“
Founded in 2011 by Mr White, a writer, and Mr O'Connor, a composer, The Little Museum of Dublin exhibits life in the capital as most people experience it, not the elite.
All 5,000 pieces on display in 15 St Stephen's Green have been donated by Dubliners.
It had 26,000 visitors in 2012 and more than 45,000 last year and aims to be the best small museum in Europe.
The awards, presented by teenage entrepreneur Jordan Casey, recognise and nuture enterprising spirit in business, the arts, and social/community.
The museum also won the arts category, with Ar-Nua Tec winning the business section and Bizworld Ireland scooping the social category.