Trustwater has won the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2013, which was held in Belfast for the first time on the 22nd March 2013. The Tipperary-based firm developed a unique system for bottling plants that dramatically reduces energy and water use. The winning entry took first place in the GreenTech Innovation category and went on to compete against the five other category winners to win the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award.
Trustwater will now receive a communications and advertising package from The Irish Times, worth €150,000, a UCD scholarship for an Executive Education programme commencing in 2014, a state of the art laptop and a consultancy package. Trustwater, along with the five other category winners were presented with their awards at an awards ceremony at the iconic Titanic Belfast building, on Friday, 22nd March.
In addition to Trustwater winning in the GreenTech category, the winners of the other five categories, received a €10,000 media package with The Irish Times and an i-pad. The winners of the other categories were:
- Creative Industries winner: Choc-O-Bloc, based in Co. Down, have developed a new way of heating Belgian Chocolate that makes it soft and mouldable without melting, so it can be used to build chocolate models as edible gifts or treats.
- Agri-Food Innovation winner: Goatsbridge Trout Farm, a Kilkenny-based firm that produces farm fresh, premium quality Irish rainbow trout fillets and trout caviar.
- Life Sciences Innovation winner: APICA Cardiovascular, a Galway-based medical devices firm that have developed a cost-effective and successful treatment for the most common heart valve diseases.
- Business Services Innovation winner: Sonru.com, a Wexford-based firm that provides remote-video services, which creates an automated video interview process. This is now in use by the likes of Volvo, Qatar Airways and CERN.
- Social Innovation winner: Antrim-based Fast Engineering Ltd have developed a new folding tap stand for disaster zones and emergency responses; it is a fraction of the cost of existing ones and can be set up by one person in less than one minute without tools.
‘Best North /South Collaboration’
- award went to Climote from Dundalk. Climote was recognised for developing a home heating system that allows homeowners to manage and control their heating remotely via web or phone app from anywhere in the world. The product was first unveiled in March last year and just under a year later, the firm has signed up Electric Ireland and Power NI and is in talks with other utility firms to sell the product to their customers.
Aidan Gough, Director of Strategy and Policy at InterTradeIreland congratulated the award winners:
“Our aim in InterTradeIreland is to have the island of Ireland recognised internationally as a centre of innovation excellence. The most innovative businesses from Ireland and Northern Ireland were in Belfast tonight. These are the businesses that will generate growth, drive future prosperity and jobs and we are delighted to hold them up as role models for others to follow.”
Michael McAleer, Editor, Innovation, The Irish Times, said, “The Irish Times is delighted to showcase the most innovative businesses in Ireland. The Innovation Awards puts on display all that is good in the Northern Irish and Irish economies and these firms are providing a role model for new entrepreneurs and for established companies alike.”
More than 300 initial registrations were received in this year’s awards and over 140 detailed entries were reviewed by an initial panel of judges from the world of academia, media and business. The 18 shortlisted entries presented their innovations before a separate panel of judges in Dublin.