Brendan Mooney of Kainos Group scoops Entrepreneur of the Year title
Brendan Mooney of the Kainos Group has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
The CEO of the Belfast-based software firm scooped the top prize at an award ceremony in Dublin’s City West Hotel.
Paul Quigley and Andrew Mullaney of NewsWhip picked up the award for best emerging entrepreneur.
Their Dublin-based technology group, which was founded in 2011, tracks trending online stories for media clients such as MTV, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post.
Property veteran Stephen Vernon, chairman of Green Property, secured the industry entrepreneur prize.
Astrophysicist Dr Susan McKenna-Lawlor of Space Technology Ireland, an emeritus professor at Maynooth University, received EY's Special Award for her work in the area of space exploration.
Mr Mooney of the Kainos Group, who also took top honours in the international category, will now go on to take part in the World Entrepreneur Of The Year competition in Monte Carlo in June 2017.
He told Newstalk he was delighted his company had been recognised:
The other finalists were:
Kitman Labs – Stephen Smith
Oneview Healthcare PLC – Mark McCloskey
Tiger Stores – Niall Stringer and Gillian Maxwell
Freshly Chopped Limited – Brian Lee
Beats Medical – Ciara Clancy
Q1 Scientific – Louise Grubb
Plotbox – Leona and Sean McAllister
3fivetwo Group – Dr Suresh Tharma and Mr Ashok Songra
JMW Farms – Jim Wright
Leckey – James Leckey
M&M Contractors – Gareth Loye
Codd Mushrooms – Leslie Codd
TPI Group – Colin Culliton
Uform – Eamon Donnelly
Athlone Extrusions – James McGee
MobileWebAdz – Kieran O’Keeffe
3D4Medical – John Moore
Abbey Machinery – Clodagh Cavanagh
Prepaid Financial Services and eCOMM Merchant Solutions – Noel Moran
The Healy Group – Maurice Healy
iCabbi – Gavan Walsh