UCD spin-in wins Best Overall Start-up at 2020 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards

Posted 17 September, 2020

James Maloney, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland with Iamus Technologies team members, Owen Grogan, Michael McGlynn and Shane Phelan

UCD spin-in Iamus Technologies was named Best Overall Start-up at the 2020 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards.

Headquartered at NovaUCD, the artificial intelligence and robotics company develops data-driven solutions to help farmers and those working the in the agricultural sector reduce costs.

“[This win] is a fantastic endorsement for a young agri-tech start-up such as Iamus,” said Shane Kiernan, Iamus Technologies CEO.

“Our aim is to provide real-time actionable insights to our customers that empowers animal welfare and productivity improvements disrupting the multi-billon euro poultry industry.”

He added: “We are looking forward to accessing a dedicated testing shed at UCD’s Lyons Farm in Co. Kildare in the very near future. This facility will be a game-changer for Iamus in allowing us to develop an iterate-test-adapt cycle demonstrably quicker than our current process.”

Tom Flanagan, UCD Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation said Iamus Technologies had made great progress at NovaUCD, having participated in its 5G Vodafone/Ericsson accelerator programme last year."

“We are progressing with our plans to develop the €4 million AgTech Connector Innovation Hub at UCD Lyons Farm and we look forward to working with and supporting more innovative AgTech companies, similar to Iamus Technologies, that have global ambition.”

James Maloney, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland added: “Iamus won the Award because we think the company’s Gallus product has the potential to reach a really big global audience.”

Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards, run in association with the National Ploughing Association, traditionally showcases agri-related products and innovations from Irish companies at the National Ploughing Championships but this year’s competition was moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

More than 60 entries were received for this year’s Awards competition with the top 30 selected for virtual pitching.

Iamus Technologies was one of 12 category awards winners announced by Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD.

The winners at the 2020 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards were:

  • Overall Innovation Arena Winner: Michael Malone, Malone Farm Machinery, Mayo
  • Agricultural Engineering Award (Established Company): Michael Malone, Malone Farm Machinery, Mayo
  • Alfie Cox Best Start-Up Award: Shane Kiernan, Iamus Technologies Ltd, Dublin
  • Agricultural Engineering (Start-Up Company): Micheal McInerney, StrongBó Agritech, Galway
  • IFAC Best New Comer Award - Micheal McInerney, StrongBó Agritech, Galway
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Alvan Hunt, Hexafly, Meath
  • Young Innovator: Alanna McCabe (14 yrs), Fence DeFence, Cavan
  • Farm Safety (Established Company): Peter McMahon, Dromone Engineering Ltd, Meath
  • Micro Engineering Award: William Pius McCloat, SUIP Manufacturing Company Ltd, Sligo
  • On Farm Innovation: Peter O'Sullivan, Bullseye Engineering, Wicklow
  • Farm Software Award: Pierce Dargan, Equine MediRecord, Kildare
  • Farm Safety Start Up Company: Philip Dickson, Dickson Agri Solutions, Westmeath