The second Inner City Enterprise ICE Awards were held on Thursday 11th May and were kindly sponsored and hosted by Irish Distillers, in their recently revamped Jameson Distillery, Bowe St, Smithfield. The ICE Awards are held every 18 months to acknowledge and reward ICE clients who in the words of our CEO Evanne Kilmurray, are ‘the unsung heroes of the enterprise world’.
Leo Varadkar, T.D, the Minister for Social Protection, was in attendance at the awards and spoke very positively about the work ICE does as well as the supports available through Government. This celebration of inner city entrepreneurs was also supported by A & L Goodbody Solicitors & KPMG.
Three shortlisted entrants from Dublin’s inner city were selected for each of the three categories; Best Female Entrepreneur, Best Male Entrepreneur & the Best Newcomer Award.
The ICE Award for Best Female Entrepreneur was awarded to Helen Walsh who set up Helen Walsh Fitness, Wellness & Coaching with the help of ICE in 2014. Helen is an international health coach, personal trainer and one of Ireland’s leading health and wellness experts.
Daniel Cantwell won the award for the Best Male Entrepreneur for his business Ben & Anvil, a Dublin based creative, post production studio offering visual effects, motion graphics and animation services. Daniel set up the studio with his wife Ailbhe in 2015.
The Award for the Best Newcomer was presented to Russell Simmons of the Greedy Pig which began life as a blog in 2010. The website showcases the best of music, art and culture in Ireland and beyond. Since then it has grown into a collective that spans events, a record label and an online publication.
The night was compered by Former Group Business editor for the Irish Independent Tom McEnaney and an enjoyable and inspirational night was had by all in attendance.
The other finalists on the night were:
Best Male Entrepreneur
Shane Burke – The Stylish Guy
Shane Sutton- Teddybots
Best Female Entrepreneur
Melissa Curley – SocialBee
Holly Pereira – Hyper Pictures
Karen Tynan – K Star Academy
Siobhan Hargis – Stroll Dublin