WIT’s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) won the ‘Innovation in Business’ and the newly introduced category ‘Information and Communications Technology’ awards at the prestigious Glanbia Kilkenny Business Awards ceremony held in Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday, November 15th.
Commenting on TSSG’s double win, John Hurley, CEO of Kilkenny Chamber said “The judges found that the standard was extremely high in both the ICT and Innovation categories this year. The high level of technical expertise shown by the TSSG team was very impressive and their passion and commitment for their business came through very strongly in their presentations. They were worthy recipients of these awards.”
The Innovation in Business award was awarded in recognition of the recently acquired TSSG spin out company ‘FeedHenry’, aptly named after Henry Shefflin. Red Hat Inc acquired the company earlier this year, making it the first ICT multinational of its kind to move into the region, with new jobs expected to be announced in 2015. In the past five years, TSSG has also been involved in creating 16 start-up companies based on its knowledge, skills and/or technology including FeedHenry Ltd., ZolkC Ltd. and KodaCall.
Feedhenry Founder and CEO of TSSG Barry Downes said, “We are delighted to have received these awards. TSSG is a major driver in the emergence of a telecommunications industry in the South East. In the last five years alone, TSSG has secured funding in excess of €10 million under the Seventh EU Framework Programme (FP7), making it one of the most successful ICT research centres in Ireland.
Mr. Downes continued by saying “The acquisition of Feedhenry earlier in the year fulfils TSSG’s long-term strategy of completing a full life cycle from research to commercialisation right through to the purchase of one of our spinouts“
The Information and Communications Technology award validates the research centre’s strategy of becoming a leader in precision farming research. TSSG is now focusing on building an ICT Global Centre for Smart Agriculture at their Kilkenny offices at St Kiernan’s College, leveraging the natural resources in the area, including farmers, Teagasc and leading edge industry partners such as Glanbia and Keenan Systems.
Prof. Willie Donnelly, Head of Research at WIT and Director of TSSG said, “The creation of a one-stop shop model for research and innovation in Kilkenny provides direct access to TSSG’s world class research, ICT hardware and knowledge base, as well as providing incubation space for entrepreneurs in the ICT sector. We have high expectations of our offices in Kilkenny, particular in the area of agriculture. The natural resources in Kilkenny support this strategy and it is just one sector we are keenly interested in supporting through our research expertise.
“Since the research centre in Kilkenny was opened in 2012 and for many years before that, the Institute has been connecting industry, academic and the community to drive real economic and social change for Kilkenny and the wider region. This type of activity is at the heart of a university of international standing, our activities in Kilkenny are examplars of this and further validate the rational for the creation of a university in the South East region.”
For over 15 years, the Glanbia Kilkenny Business Awards have provided businesses who demonstrate excellence within their sector and who are shaping the landscape of the Kilkenny economy, with an important platform for recognition and celebration.
Reflecting, what is believed, is a more positive outlook within the local economy, they received an unprecedented number of nominations and applications for this years awards.
The overall winners were announced on Saturday night, Nov 15th, at a prestigious Black Tie event at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny, RTÈ broadcaster Mary Kennedy hosted this years Glanbia Kilkenny Business Awards ceremony. Mary Kennedy was joined by over 500 people from the Kilkenny business community at this year’s sold-out glittering event that celebrated the standards of excellence in business across the county.
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About TSSG, Kilkenny
TSSG first opened offices in Kilkenny in May 2012 located at St. Kieran’s College. Officially opened by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., the Kilkenny Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class facility, at the cutting edge of next generation internet development for the financial services sector, eco-innovation and smart Agriculture. The organization is set to grow its business in Kilkenny in the coming year.