Thank you to everyone who attended the UCC Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2020 at University College Cork in Ireland last week. It was a privilege to chair the awarding panel for a second year running.
Sincere congratulations to Mark O’Sullivan for winning this year’s grand prize with an exceptional innovation and equally superb presentation. Also, sincere congratulations to prize winners Aleksander Jaksic, Nick Cotter Callan Maguire and to all respective finalists for doing this competition so proud.
Thank you to Professor John O’Halloran for a hugely positive address and informed perspective on modern innovation. Thank you also to Professor Joe Bogue for a profound contribution to the entrepreneurial insights of their candidates throughout their respective journeys.
I would like to give a significant mention to Peter Finnegan of Blackstone Launchpad who is a huge driving force of this competition on an annual basis. On a similar note, thank you to Eamon Curtin for his ongoing endeavours to drive these entrepreneurs forward.
Finally, I would like to thank my superb fellow panel of judges Alan Carroll of Bank of Ireland, Pat Lynch of EviView Ltd. and Paul McGuirk of LEO Cork City. It was a pleasure working with you.
Thank you all for a superb occasion yet again and it was a pleasure meeting all of you.