Adam Harris - Wicklow
Adam Harris, is the founder and CEO of AsIAm.ie, an organisation working to build an Ireland where every person with Autism can "live and succeed as they are". Adam founded AsIAm.ie based on his experience of living with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum.
Chris Kelly - Limerick
Chris Kelly, is on a mission to improve patient care in hospitals worldwide. His company, Pinpoint Innovations, has developed a patient tracking system that monitors the flow, efficiency and utilisation rates of operating theatres in hospitals. The company has partnered with the Perioperative Care team in the University Hospital Limerick and is piloting its first product, Xsonor, over the next six months.
Chupi Sweetman - Dublin
Chupi Sweetman, A young Dublin jewellery designer who quit her job to train as a goldsmith before creating a multi award winning international jewellery brand. Her jewellery brand 'Chupi' is stocked in stores from Paris to Tokyo.
Colin Keogh - Wicklow
Colin Keogh, works as an engineer in UCD and is determined to change the world by using Science and Technology to solve some of the world's biggest problems. He utilises low cost disruptive technologies to make an impact on global issues and has already been named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Science and Medicine.
Dave McGeady - Dublin
Dave McGeady, is the founder of 'Wyldsson' a health snack company based in Tallaght. His healthy food products have become the snack of choice for Manchester United players, rugby internationals and Ryder Cup golfers.
Kormac O'Halloran - Dublin
Kormac O'Halloran (DJ Kormac or Kormac) is a multi-instrumentalist musician, producer and DJ from Dublin. Well known for his live performances, Kormac performs with a full ensemble, known as Kormac's Big Band, who've appeared on primetime shows such as the Late, Late Show. His music is often used in TV advertising and he was recently commissioned by Jameson to make a track solely using sounds from their factory.
Michael Onalimi - Laois
Michael Onalimi from Mountmellick realised a long held dream when he launched his business, Flavour Safari Sauces, which is Ireland's first African inspired sauce range. Flavour Safari is already a proud Food Academy Producer with Super Valu and Michael is currently working on securing new store listings across the country and on exporting his range of sauces into the U.K.
Niall Moloney - Dublin
Niall Moloney, is a qualified dietitian and an expert in sports nutrition. He created Europe's first high protein, low fat, frozen yogurt: Pow-Cow. He came up with the idea for Pow-Cow after discovering that his clients, who include Connacht Rugby, Irish Olympians, intercounty GAA players and other professional athletes, were struggling to find an enjoyable healthy dairy snack or treat.
Nicole Drought - Tipperary
Nicole Drought, is one of Ireland's premier female racing drivers. She became the first woman to win in the Irish Touring Car Championship last year. That feat of achievement also led to her being named as the 2016 Irish Sportswoman of the Year.
Richie Commins - Galway
Richie Commins, is a tech graduate from NUI Galway who has created an innovative new service called DASHCABZ, that allows students to get a taxi home safely, even when they have no cash, bank card or phone. Furthermore, Richie evolved his company and rebranded as FLAG which is the only app that lets you travel and pay without a phone, bank card or cash. They are no live in Dublin.
Tony Browne - Dublin
Hailing from Dublin, Browne has recently been named at number 9 in the Four Nations rankings for the light heavyweight division. Tony has long been regarded a serious boxing prospect, and is a serious contender to represent Ireland in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympic Games.