Workvivo founders, CEO John Goulding and CTO Joe Lennon have been shortlisted in the Emerging category of the 2020 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. 

The Emerging category includes “those ambitious entrepreneurs who have started a business which is growing quickly. They are high-potential, dynamic, resourceful and ‘ones-to-watch’ for the future.”

John and Joe are one of 8 finalists in the Emerging category, selected from 100 entrepreneurs across three categories – Emerging, Industry and International – and winners will be selected as The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 in November.

Now in its 23rd year, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards program works to recognize, promote, and build a supportive community around Ireland’s high-growth entrepreneurs.

“This year has been a challenging one so far for many businesses but we know that if there is one group that will rise to that challenge, it’s our island’s entrepreneurs,” said Roger Wallace, EY partner lead for the awards. “This year we’ve seen lots of newer, cutting-edge tech and life sciences businesses nominated, as well as more established and traditional players,” he said. 

“This year’s finalists are a diverse group, representing a huge range of industries, all of whom share an insatiable hunger for growth and incredible resilience to challenges. As we begin reopening our economies, North and South, our entrepreneurial businesses will be essential to recovery,” he added.

Other finalists in the emerging category are: Devan Hughes of Buymie, Ríona Ní Ghriallais and Conor Harkin of ProVerum, Brendan McDowell, of BPerfect Cosmetics, Dr Sinéad B Bleiel of AnaBio Technologies, Gary Wickham of MagGrow, Leonora O’Brien of  Pharmapod and Matt Cooper of Inflazome.