it@cork leaders awards 2021 winners announced

A total of nine winners were awarded on last Thursday for standout innovation, growth and impact in the south west technology sector.

Nagle Community College in Mahon was revealed as the winner of the Excellence in Education award at the annual it@cork Leaders Awards, winning €5,000 to promote STEM activities within their school for teachers and students.

Award-winners included Trustap, which received the Scale Up of the Year award, and Clearstream Global Securities Services, which was recognised as the Multinational of the Year for 2021.

The Smart Technology Innovation award went to BioMarin while the it@cork Skillnet Best Workplaces award was awarded to Cloudera.

Excellence in social impact saw the Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact award go to Wisetek, while Tech Start Up of the Year was awarded to Limerick-based, WrxFlo.

Paul Hourican of PFH was awarded Tech Person of the Year after being selected by the it@cork Executive Board for his commitment to developing and growing the tech sector in the region throughout his career.

Chairperson of it@cork Gillian Bergin presented the Chairperson’s Community Award to the Cork Migrant Centre at Nano Nagle Place for their commitment to supporting migrant families in the region through outreach and upskilling programs.

The annual Leaders Awards is one of two flagship events for it@cork each year designed to showcase the best of technology leadership, innovation and excellence in the region. A not-for-profit organisation, it@cork works with academia, private sector and state agencies to promote the region as a technology excellence hub and provides a click-and-connect ecosystem for new and established companies to connect and participate in the region.

Speaking about the awards, Ms Bergin, said: “Despite a tough year, we have seen world-class innovation and agility throughout the technology sector, in the south west region and beyond. We were hugely impressed by the standard of this year’s submissions; their energy, passion and optimism shone through and each finalist should be immensely proud. The 2021 Leaders Awards winners and finalists exemplify the best in our sector and I am confident that the future is bright for technology in the South West.”