Three Kilkenny businesses are due to receive money under Enterprise Ireland’s €200,000 Pilot Competitive Feasibility Fund aimed at stimulating start-ups and creating jobs in the South East.
The Kilkenny winners included:
• Aidan Kenny, whose Instant Opinion Ltd provides customers with a way to provide real-time actionable feedback to service providers while they are still experiencing the service so that service providers can rectify any issues before customers have finished their service journey
• Aidan Clancy, whose Pulmeze Ltd supports new treatment for respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis, ventilator-acquired pneumonia and sinusitis
• Fergal Conway and Jim Doyle, for the provision of managed services software to utility companies and development of software for the export market.
The winners, announced by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton last week, also included eight from Waterford, two from Wexford and one from Tipperary.
The fund was launched earlier this year as part of the Government’s South East Employment Action Plan, offering funding of up to €25,000 to support entrepreneurs explore the feasibility of start-up ideas with job-creating potential in the South East. Companies in the ICT, industrial and food sectors based in Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary were eligible to apply.
“Key to addressing the employment crisis in Ireland and in the South East is building a strong engine of indigenous enterprise,” the minister said. “Foreign direct investment will continue to play a hugely important role in our economy, and we must continually seek to increase the range of multinational companies investing in Ireland and also increase the impact they have on our economy; but we must also crucially seek to ensure that we have more indigenous companies starting-up, succeeding, expanding, exporting and ultimately creating jobs.”