Three mayo companies shortlisted for startup awards

Bank of Ireland has announced the 96 companies shortlisted for the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2017 with three Mayo businesses nominated for awards. The competition, now in its sixth year, recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 13 categories including digital, health and healthcare, food and drink, retail, fintech and technology, with the awards taking place in the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday next.

Mayo business Make a Mark has been shortlisted in the Emerging Startup category while Ballina business Pure Glan Food has been shortlisted in the Food and Drink Entrepreneurial Startup and Product and Manufacturing Startup categories. Big Red Barn has also been nominated in the Product and Manufacturing Startup category. Category winners of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards will go on to represent Ireland in the prestigious European Startup Awards which will take place later this year.

Stephen Dillion, Founder of Startups.ie said, "A big congratulations to all the shortlisted companies for making it to this stage of the competition. Starting a new business takes a huge amount of courage and hard work. The first few years can be really challenging and the Startup Awards are here to support entrepreneurs who are investing so much of themselves to build businesses that will ultimately create employment and benefit the broader economy.” The Startup Awards are run by Startup.ie in partnership with Bank of Ireland and were open to sole traders, partnerships, and Irish companies in business for three years or less with up to 30 employees. For more information on the awards and for the full list of companies nominated for an award visit www.startupawards.ie

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