HookeBio is One to Watch!
21st June 2017
Finola Cliffe of HookeBio was presented with the “One to Watch Award” at Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas 2017. HookeBio was one of ten investor-ready start-up companies to pitch their new technology solutions to investors at Enterprise Ireland’s annual showcase of start-up innovation emerging from higher education institutes at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
In its eighth year, the Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas event illustrates the commercial potential of innovations from Ireland’s academic institutions across a range of sectors. This year’s Big Ideas came from the Medtech, Fintech, Agritech and Cleantech sectors and all have been through the initial process of getting their products or services ready before pitching their innovations to investors.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “As part of Enterprise Ireland’s four-year corporate strategy to build scale and expand reach, we have set strategic ambitions to increase client exports to €26 billion per annum by 2020. One of the methods we will use to achieve these targets is through driving innovation in Irish enterprise. Our annual Big Ideas event is a key set piece for us in driving the innovation agenda and this year’s event reflects the fantastic innovative work that is being done in our academic institutions. I would like to congratulate Finola Cliffe from HookeBio on winning the “One to Watch Award” and we look forward to working with the company to take their idea from bench to boardroom.”
Pictured are: Carol Gibbons, Director of ICT Commercialisation Enterprise Ireland, Finola Cliffe of HookeBio, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, with special responsibility for Research & Development, John Halligan T.D. and Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager Research and Innovation Enterprise Ireland. (© Fennell Photography 2017)