Manorhamilton entrepreneur, Padraig McBride, founder and Chief Finanacial Officer of Brandtone Ltd, has been announced as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 programme inthe ‘Emerging Category.’
Brandtone was established in 2010 and creates mobile digital marketing solutions for leading brands.
With a combined workforce of over 5,000 people and turnover of €1.5 billion, 24 businesses were selected as finalists across three categories - emerging, industry and international. The long-standing awards programme attracted nominations from 27 of Ireland’s 32 counties.
Selected by an independent judging panel of previous winners chaired by 2006 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winner Anne Heraty (Cpl Resources plc), the 24 finalists represent a broad spectrum of sectors from technology, manufacturing and life sciences through to engineering, agriculture and health & beauty.
As part of the 6-month development programme, the 24 finalists will join 100 entrepreneurs for a week-long CEO Retreat to Berlin and Munich in June.
Focused on the future of industry, the CEO Retreat will include executive education with the European School of Management and Technology; site visits to the biggest names in German industry, including the BMW headquarters, and masterclasses with the decision makers at the helm of Germany’s most successful start-ups and globally renowned indigenous companies.
The shortlisted entrepreneurs will vie for the title of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year at the Awards Gala in October 2015. In addition to the overall winner, a winner will be selected per each of the three categories.