CASTLETROY-born entrepreneurs Patrick and John Collison, of payments system firm Stripe are in line for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year prize for 2015.
Now based in the Silicon Valley, the company belonging to the pair - who were educated at Castletroy College - is worth more than €3bn.
Having landed deals with the likes of Apple and Twitter, the Collison brothers are among Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs.
They join 23 other finalists in the annual programme, which attracted nominations from across Ireland.
Selected by an independent judging panel of previous winners chaired by 2006 Entrepreneur Of The Year winner Anne Heraty of CPL Resources, the finalists represent a broad spectrum of sectors from technology, manufacturing and life sciences through to engineering, agriculture, health and beauty.
As part of the development programme, the finalists will join 100 entrepreneurs – all previous Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists – for a week-long CEO Retreat to Berlin and Munich in June.
The final of Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced at a gala awards dinner in Dublin this October. The overall winner will go on to represent Ireland at World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monaco in June 2016.