EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 finalists revealed

Pictured: Conor Hanley of FIRE1, Eimear McCrann and Roger Wallace of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (Photograph: Naoise Culhane)

The 24 shortlisted entrepreneurs span a range of sectors including consumer, health tech, pharmaceutical, energy and engineering



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25 April 2024

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The finalists of the 2024 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland programme have been revealed. The 24 shortlisted entrepreneurs span a range of sectors including consumer, health tech, pharmaceutical, energy and engineering. Collectively this group of business leaders are already generating annual revenues upwards of €700 million and employ more than 4,000 people.  

The finalists who hail from across Ireland will compete across three categories – Emerging, Established and International – with a special Sustainability Award presented to the finalist who is making the biggest contribution towards environmental sustainability through their business. One overall winner will be selected as The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 at a gala awards ceremony which will take place in November.   

The 2024 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are: 

Emerging  Established  International 
Kasper Weber Anderson and Liam McMahon of Beyond Creative Limited Duncan O’Toole of Captured Carbon Rosaleen Hyde and Maxine Hyde of Ballymaloe Foods
Seamus Tighe of Ecoplex Energy Solutions Hugh Cormican of Cirdan Imaging Ltd David Maguire of BNRG Renewables
Sharon Cunningham and Orlaith Ryan of Shorla Oncology Padraic O’Kane of Corporate.ie Kenneth Fox of Channel Mechanics
Adrian Gilbane and Will Kennedy of Sons Connor McCandless of Energystore Ltd Conor Hanley of FIRE1
Jack Kirwan of Sprout & Co Sean Moran of Home Project Centre Limited Gilbert Yates of Healthcare Ireland
Ciaran Burke and Andrea Reynolds of Swoop Ruth Mackey, David Mackey and John Mackey of Mbryonics Limited Brendan Mee of MTM Engineering
Denise Phillips of Voduz Clare Hughes of CF Pharma Group (including Telenostic Ltd). Ivor Queally of QK Group South Africa
Damian Young of ZEUS Mobility Dr Barry Flannery of Xerotech Jonathan Larbey and Mark Gilmartin of T-Pro

Since its inception, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland community has grown to a network of more than 600 alumni who harness each other’s wealth of experience, with three quarters (75%) conducting business with one another. The EOY alumni community generates revenues of €23 billion, and employs more than 250,000 people across Ireland. 

Roger Wallace, partner lead, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, said: “Each of the finalists is exploring new markets and technologies to solve challenges and find solutions that are revolutionising their own industries and creating opportunities for their local communities, the island of Ireland and beyond. I am delighted to formally welcome this year’s 24 finalists into the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year community and I look forward to working with them closely over the coming months.”

Harry Hughes, chairperson, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Judging Panel, said: “The high quality of all of the nominations received for the programme this year really emphasised that entrepreneurship is very much alive and kicking across Ireland. 

“Choosing just 24 finalists was extremely tough but I would like to congratulate this year’s finalists and extend a very warm welcome into the EOY community. A hugely valuable experience now awaits each of them and I wish them all every success as they join the programme and become part of this unique group of passionate, courageous individuals driving Irish entrepreneurship.”

Read more: Deadline fast approaching for 2024 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year nominations



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