The dot IE Net Visionary Awards 2016 are officially open for entries. In partnership with the IIA and IEDR, the awards recognise the best in digital Ireland across four main pillars of digital excellence: technology, entrepreneurship, digital marketing and innovation.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “We are delighted to partner again with the IIA and the dot ie Net Visionary Awards 2016 to celebrate the Irish businesses that are leading the digital revolution in terms of entrepreneurship, innovation, marketing and web development and design.

“The Awards celebrate and showcase those that are successfully navigating the journey to online and also serve as an example to other companies that they too can take this path.

“However, to encourage the next generation of innovators and visionaries, we need to ensure that they are not hindered by the same barriers that are preventing a significant cohort of businesses getting online today. This means uniting as an industry to help businesses get to where they need to be, particularly in terms of e-commerce. In showcasing the very ‘best of the best’, the dot ie Net Visionary Awards goes a long way in enabling Irish businesses to visualise the possibilities.”

Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the IIA for the past 7 years of its 20-year history, has witnessed huge change in her time at the helm. “The diversity of businesses entering the awards has changed dramatically as the ecosystem has grown. The awards now encompass a diverse cross-section of industry: health, education, agriculture, financial services, retail as well as core digital agencies and businesses.

“The IIA and IEDR are proud to have recognised the first generation of Irish tech visionaries such as Ray Nolan, Colm Greally, Colm Lyon and Pat Phelan. We’ve celebrated the recent successes of Mark Little, as well as industry stalwarts like Michele Neylon and Eamon Leonard. The awards are important. This is not just about having a party, although it really is a great party! The awards serve to raise the standards, set the bar, reward the excellent and challenge all businesses to be creative, innovative and daring in their goals.

“The industry is not without its challenges; there is still a long way to go to increase the number of businesses selling online – improving the broadband infrastructure will be key to that, but the future is still bright.

The dot ie Net Visionary Awards take place on October 7th at the RDS Concert Hall and are expected to attract a host of exciting newcomers that will join the industry’s IIA Hall of Fame, which was launched last year. Entries are open and free to enter from Thursday June 23rd on www.netvisionary.ie

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