12 tech entrepreneurs from Ireland to watch in 2022

EY Ireland has revealed the finalists in the running for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2022. Check out who has made the list from the Irish tech world.

Every year, EY Ireland names an Entrepreneur of the Year from a long list of Irish business founders and leaders making a mark at home and abroad.

Finalists from across the island are competing for this prestigious award yet again, with entrepreneurs from sectors such as technology, manufacturing, energy and health competing across three categories: emerging, established and international.

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Last year’s top prize was picked up by Brian O’Sullivan of Zeus Packaging, with the founders of big Irish tech names such as Flipdish and LetsGetChecked also in the running.

Here we take a closer look at the Irish tech entrepreneurs nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2022, including many familiar names that are taking their businesses to new heights in Ireland and across the world.

John Harkin, Alchemy Technology Services

Founded in Derry in 2018, Alchemy Technology Services is a start-up that provides insurance software implementation services to insurance companies across Europe.

At the helm is Derry-native John Harkin, who founded Alchemy when he saw a demand for specialist skills to help the insurance industry through digital transformation.

Allan Beechinor and Niamh Parker, Altada

Cork-based Altada is a fast-growing deep-learning and AI start-up founded by CEO Allan Beechinor and chief legal officer Niamh Parker four years ago.

Altada has developed its own proprietary deep learning algorithms, predictive models, computer perception algorithms and knowledge extraction systems to help clients deploy and execute AI in their businesses. Its name pays homage to the world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace.

Alan Carson, Cloudsmith

Cloudsmith is a start-up software that helps businesses manage software on the cloud – removing the need to hire in-house support staff and cutting down on expenses. Based in Belfast, the company was founded by Alan Carson and Lee Skillen, both of whom are former NYSE developers.

Carson is the CEO of Cloudsmith, which raised $15m in Series A funding last September to help it expand in the US.

Caroline Dunlea, Core Optimization

Caroline Dunlea is the co-founder and CEO of digital marketing start-up Core Optimization, which helps businesses across the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors with digital transformation. It has offices in Shannon, where it was founded in 2015, as well as Dublin and London.

Helen Cahill, InvoiceFair

InvoiceFair is an invoice trading platform that was established by Helen Cahill and Philip Hickey in 2015. Based in Dublin, the start-up helps companies with approved invoices or purchase orders from blue-chip or State companies to raise funds and complete the deals.

It saw an increase in activity in 2020 when it facilitated funding of €30m for PPE orders, according to the Irish Times.

Stephen Nolan, Nutritics

Having recently opened its Australian headquarters in Sydney, Irish software start-up Nutritics has been expanding rapidly. Founded in 2013 by brothers Damian and Ciarán O’Kelly, Nutritics provides nutrition software to clients in healthcare, elite sports, food services, food manufacturing and education.

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