Agile Networks has been crowned Ireland’s 2014 ‘StartUp of The Year’ at the annual Bank of Ireland StartUp Awards.
Agile Networks was also recognised as ‘Service Startup of the Year’ at the awards, which took place on Thursday October 23rd in the RHA Gallery in Dublin and was hosted by entrepreneur Gavin Duffy.
Set up in 2011 as part of a management buyout, Agile Networks designs, builds and supports complex IT networks for high profile clients, including the RDS, HEAnet, Three, HSE and Digiweb.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Darragh Richardson, Managing Director of Agile Networks, said: “To receive both the Service StartUp of the Year award and the overall Grand Prix prize of StartUp of the Year is just fantastic acknowledgement of the work and effort put in by the Agile Networks team, particularly when considering the competition we faced in this year. These awards give us peer recognition as well as undoubtedly helping to open doors to new customers who recognise their significance.”
Having grown its client base from just seven customers in 2011 to 60 this year alone, Agile Networks currently supports over 1.2 million end users, across 1,200 sites.
The company has won a number of awards in 2014, having been voted ‘Reseller of the Year’ at the 2014 Tech Excellence Awards and winning the ‘Emerging New Business Award’ at the 2014 SFA National Business Awards. The company also represented Ireland at the European Business Awards Finals in Athens in May this year. Further information about the company can be found at www.agilenetworks.ie
Now in their third year, there were 15 categories in this year’s StartUp Awards competition, as well as the award for ‘Grand Prix‘ winner. The overall package for the StartUp Awards winners is worth over €50,000.
The judging panel for the StartUp Awards included Gavin Duffy, Gerry Prizeman, Bank of Ireland; Eileen Bentley, Bord Bia; Maeve Dorman, Paypal; Michael O’Brien, Big Red Cloud; Neil Squires, Squires & Co. and Eibhlin Curley, Local Enterprise Office Dublin City. Full information can be found at www.startupawards.ie