The dot ie Net Visionary Awards 2017 has announced its shortlist of finalists ahead of this year’s awards ceremony.

In partnership with the IIA and the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the awards recognise the best in digital Ireland across four main pillars of digital excellence: technology, entrepreneurship, digital marketing and innovation.

This year’s finalists include 58 companies nominated across 15 award categories from financial services providers to education. The overall Net Visionary award winner will be announced on the night; this tech visionary will be inducted into the IIA Hall of Fame.

The dot ie Net Visionary Awards takes place on 15 September at the RDS Concert Hall.

Cathy McGovern, the new chair of the IIA, said: “We live in a time of enlightenment and change in the digital world, and I look forward to recognising and honouring those that are leading digital innovation in every aspect of our lives.

“As our shortlist shows, these awards encompass a diverse cross-section of industry:  health, education, agriculture, financial services and retail, as well as core digital agencies and businesses. They raise the standards, set the bar, reward the excellent and challenge all businesses to be creative and daring in their goals to ultimately bring to light new ideas in the digital space.”

Welcoming the announcement of this year’s shortlist, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “This year’s shortlist covers a wide range of different industries and sectors. It is encouraging to see so many indigenous Irish businesses leading the digital charge in terms of entrepreneurship, innovation, marketing and web development, and design. We look forward to celebrating all of these businesses at the upcoming awards.

“We are proud to be a partner of the IIA and the dot ie Net Visionary Awards. In showcasing the very ‘best of the best’, we can shine a light on the innovators of the online world, enabling other Irish businesses to see the possibilities.”

One of the highlights of the dot ie Net Visionary Awards is the announcement of the overall Net Visionary. Previous winners include tech entrepreneurs Ray Nolan, Colm Greally, Colm Lyon and Pat Phelan, all of whom have been since inducted into the IIA Hall of Fame.

The full list of nominees is available here: http://www.netvisionary.ie/shortlist-voting/

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