Ross crowned Best Young Entrepreneur
Six winners and runners-up were chosen from 16 finalists at Wicklow's Best Young Entrepreneurs awards ceremony at Tinakilly House and hosted by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow.
The programme is run by Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Wicklow and the winners share a €50,000 investment fund as part of the nationwide search to find Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneurs (IBYE) for 2019. The Wicklow winners will now progress to the regional finals, which take place in June in the Step House Hotel in Carlow.
The county final was hosted by Vibeke Delahunt, Head of Enterprise at LEO Wicklow. Guests included Leas Cathoairleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Irene Winters; Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, and the Minister of Health, Simon Harris.
Ms Delahunt, said: 'As our winners clearly demonstrate, youth entrepreneurship is thriving here in Wicklow. IBYE is about discovering local potential and nurturing that talent through financial supports, mentoring, training and networking opportunities.'
The winner of the 'Best Start-Up Business' category and the €15,000 investment fund was Ross Lawless, (29) founder of Calt Dynamics in Arklow. CALT Dynamics is a pioneering company in mobile 3D printing. It is creating a new generation of third printers that operate using a new process the company has invented and patented called Physical Mask Curing (PMC). This process is enabling them to build printers that are high resolution, have a lower investment cost and are completely scalable. As a result they can build printers that are mobile and field ready with no computer or internet required, right up to industrial devices with much larger build volumes than ever seen before.
Ross was also awarded the overall title of 'Best Young Entrepreneur' for County Wicklow
The runner-up in the 'Best Start-up Business' was Craig Mulcahy (28) of ConstrucutionBOS in Delgany, who receives a €5,000 investment fund.
The 'Best New Idea' category, with a €7,000 investment fund, was won by Billy O'Neill (28), founder of Aeroforms in Bray. Aeroforms is an Inspection and Issue management Software as a Service company for the lettings industry. It allows letting agents and tenants to inspect and report issues on properties and stores all info in the cloud.
The runner-up award and €3,000 investment fund went to Katie Brandon Byrne (35) of Lil and Izzy Boutique also from Bray.
Meanwhile, the title of 'Best Established Business', with an investment fund of €15,000, went to David Benko (24), a native of Slovakia now residing in Kilcoole for his business Acoustic Materials. The company is involved the manufacturing and distribution of acoustic and environmental materials. Products from Acoustic Materials are mostly made out of recycled materials, and can then be re-recycled, therefore reducing the environmental impact of buildings.
The runner-up in this category, scooping a €5,000 investment fund, was Michelle Frayne (34) of Slaney Veterinary Centre in Baltinglass.