Local tech firm in line for award

Stephen Kinsella

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Stephen Kinsella

A LIMERICK company - formed by three ex-Dell employees - been nominated for a prestigious national innovation award for its work in the green technology sector.

A LIMERICK company - formed by three ex-Dell employees - been nominated for a prestigious national innovation award for its work in the green technology sector.

ManageCO2, based in Moylish, is a software development company that has created a new product which provides a reliable, consistent and compliant means of collecting carbon emissions data from across the globe.

They have now been nominated for The Irish Times and InterTradeIreland ‘Innovation of the Year’ title at the All-island Innovation Awards 2011 to be held on March 2 in Dublin. Manage CO2 has been nominated in the Green Technology Sector of the competition.

Managing director Adrian Fleming said they were delighted to have been selected as finalists. “It is a real boost for the company as Manage CO2 Software has only just expanded into the UK market and we are looking at the opportunities for further growth,” he said. “The Innovation Awards are very helpful for early stage companies like ours, as it helps us to raise the company profile and give exposure to potential clients and partners.”

He added that they were surprised at the nomination, considering how new they are to the market. “We are such a young company, so we did not expect to be nominated alongside such prestigious companies like Kingspan and Pfizer” he said.

Mr Fleming formed the company with fellow directors Derek Spillane and Roy Meaney after Dell closed down. They now have six employees and PJ Brown has also come on board as a director.

The software was developed in response to growing legislative and voluntary reporting requirements and assists companies in reporting information to shareholders and stakeholders. In short the company develop software that helps companies measure and report on their carbon footprint. It is the culmination of over three years of research and business analysis across over 60 companies in the UK, Ireland and the USA.

Now in its second year, the Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards aims to recognise and promote the best service, product or operational innovations throughout the island. The overall prize includes a communications and advertising package from the Irish Times worth €200,000.

Aidan Gough, director of Strategy and Policy at InterTradeIreland commented: “The judging panel has been extremely impressed by the scale and depth of new ideas and talent across a variety of industries on the island.