Tralee Woman’s Business Shortlisted For National Start-Up Award

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Maura Sheehy of Maura’s Cottage Flowers.

BANK of Ireland has announced the 96 companies shortlisted for the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2017 with three Kerry businesses nominated for awards.

Maura’s Cottage Flowers, based in Tralee, has been shortlisted in the ‘Home or Craft Based Startup’ category, Killarney business AAC Tech has been shortlisted in the ‘Health / Health Care’ category while  Inís Software Consulting of Killorglin has also been shortlisted in the Tech Startup category.

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Maura Sheehy is the woman behind Maura’s Cottage Flowers based just outside town. She is a flower farmer and florist specialising in growing and supplying natural and unique arrangements for weddings, funerals, special occasions and local businesses.

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 18th May.

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.

Michelle Goodwin, Bank of Ireland’s Enterprise Development Programme Manager said, “We are delighted to once again sponsor the Startup Awards and want to congratulate the three Kerry businesses who have been shortlisted for awards. In addition to recognising the immense contribution that Ireland’s innovators and entrepreneurs make to the economy, the startup awards offer startup companies the opportunity to promote their brands on a national and international stage. We have been very pleased with the standard of entries and I know the judging panel have a very difficult job in choosing the final winners at the awards on May 18th.”

The Startup Awards are run by 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 Further information on the awards will also be available via the Bank of Ireland Twitter account @BOIbusiness and a dedicated hashtag has been created for the event #boistartupawards


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