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Darragh Richardson

Agile Networks secures Grand Prix Prize at Ireland’s StartUp Awards

Dublin IT companyrecognised as both ‘Service StartUp’ and overall ‘StartUp of the Year’

Agile Networks, a Dublin-based specialist network integrator, won Ireland’s 2014 ‘StartUp of The Year’ at the annual Bank of Ireland StartUp Awards.

Agile Networks also won ‘Service Startup of the Year’ at the awards, which took place in the RHA Gallery in Dublin, hosted by entrepreneur Gavin Duffy.

Set up in 2011, Agile Networks designs, builds and supports complex IT networks for high profile clients, including the RDS, HEAnet, Three, HSE and Digiweb.

At the awards ceremony, Darragh Richardson, MD of Agile Networks, said: “To receive both the Service StartUpof the Year award and the overall Grand Prix prize of StartUp of the Year is fantastic acknowledgement of the work and effort put in by the Agile Networks team. 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 by 2014, Agile Networks currently supports over 1.2 million end users, across 1,200 sites.

The company won a number of awards in 2014, 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.

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, BordBia; 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

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