The founder of an app to help people with Parkinson's Disease has been crowned Ireland's best young entrepreneur.
26 year old Physiotherapist Ciara Clancy, developed Beats Medical which emits a beat or soundwave from your smartphone to help control movement and speech.
She will now receive a €45,000 investment through the Local Enterprise Offices to help develop her company further.
Minister Mary Mitchell O’ Connor and Minister Pat Breen announced the winner of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition at the Google European HQ in Dublin earlier today.
The competition, which is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland and run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices, attracted entries from over 1,800 18-to-35-year-olds and showcased some of the country’s best and brightest business talent.
In addition to becoming Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, Ciara Clancy also won the ‘Best Established Business’ category.
The Beats Medical app provides individually tailored physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy exercises through mobile phones.
Ciara Clancy said that her aim is to continue supporting more and more people with Parkinson’s around the world, as an estimated 10 million people currently live with the disease.
She is also developing digital treatments for other neurological conditions such as MS, Stroke, Dyspraxia and Cerebral Palsy.
Speaking after winning the award she said "These success stories keep all of the team at Beats Medical motivated every day to do more for the people that use our service."
— IBYE (@ibye_2016) March 5, 2017