Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2010

So far 2010 has been an interesting year. Ernst & Young called out recently to Interview me for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 which turned out to be a really interesting process of looking back on the Zatori Results brand from inception to where we are today. Its funny how things that seemed such big hurdles back then, no longer phase us and how much our focus have changed as we’ve grown. The Ernst & Young Shortlist will be announced in May so fingers crossed big time on that one.

Also the Irish Internet Associations, Net Visionary – Entrepreneur Awards we’re announced this week and I was really chuffed to be nominated In their Internet Entrepreneur of The Year category.

Internet Entrepreneur of The Year 2010

There’s some great people nominated in the IIA awards so i thought I’d mention a few:

First off if I were a betting man I’d say the safe money for the both the Internet Entrepreneur of The Year and overall winner would go to Amy Dillion of MakeUpAndBeauty.ie who sells soaps and banner ads, as well as being an Avid blogger and Video Blogger. With over 255 votes / comments on her blog post about the awards / Mac make up give away, her absolutely massive active fan base will really pay dividends in these awards. She’s a great example how being passionate about a topic can create a full time job of love.

Also in my category is Chris Watson from Chain Reaction Cycles, a former E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and a fantastic E-commerce Entrepreneur. His site sells specialty bicycle parts and is a must shop spot for serious bike enthusiasts. Darren Grant of the Organic SuperMarket sells organic food in the difficult area of online food sales. An area that the big supermarkets have really struggled to make head way in so it’s great to see an Irish company doing well in it. Last but not least in the category is Dr. Des O’Mahony from BookAssist.org an online booking system for hotels to take orders on their site.

In other categories two people I have great respect for are also up for nomination, Michele Neylon from Black Night – an Irish web hosting company are up for best use of social media. Michele is a guy who’s often online at 1am in the morning and makes himself available on Twitter on boards all through his work day to help his customers. The second is one of the partners we heavily rely on in several of my businesses – John Clarke, from WorldNet TPS. John and his team developed the first ever I-phone virtual payment terminal, basically it turns any I-phone into a device to accept credit card payments.

The Unique thing about the IIA awards is that it’s a bit of a popularity contest. Unlike the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year which about business fundamentals and strategy, the IIA awards however are about how your community perceives you and how much networking you’ve done. I definitely wouldn’t have the same internet following but if you have the time you should check out the awards online and vote for your favorite people.


At €395 to attend the full day or €250 to go to just the dinner, per person, it’s an expensive day but for those planning to attend I look forward to seeing you there. Best of luck to all the nominees.

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