At nine years of age, Patrick Derry earned pocket money by selling tomato boxes around the Belfast fruit market and it was little wonder that when he (...)

Pat McDonagh, founder of Supermac’s Ltd: “No matter how difficult it gets, keep going. Always keep the end goal in mind.”

When Pat McDonagh purchased a property on Ballinasloe’s main street, the plan he submitted to authorities was turned down, forcing him to set about lo(...)

Mark Dowds of Trov: ‘I am often shocked by how sheltered young people are from the real skills they need to succeed in an experience economy.’ Photograph: Richie Stokes

Having sold his previous company and put himself into a position where he was suddenly ready for a new challenge, Mark Dowds established Trov in 2012 (...)

Sonia Deasy of Pestle & Mortar: ‘It’s going to take more than good formulation and great marketing for brands to be relevant in 10 years’ time.’

With the aim of creating “skincare products with a purpose”, Sonia Deasy launched Pestle & Mortar to the market in 2014. Her early successes have (...)

James and Timothy McElroy of HouseMyDog: ‘We broke the crowdfunding record in Ireland by raising £200,000 in just 48 hours.’ Photograph: Richie Stokes

After encountering difficulty finding a reliable dog-sitter and walker for their family dog, James and Timothy McElroy set about creating a company wh(...)

 Alex Kelly and Ian Nolan of Brightflag: ‘Getting the initial funding was the hardest part of the journey – before we had real traction in the market.’

Having both gained an insight into the “inherent inefficiencies” in large law firms, Ian Nolan and Alex Kelly set about creating a platform to read an(...)

Matt Ryan: ‘We’ve always just focused on being really good at what we do in our business and long may that continue to be our motto.’

Matt Ryan is making hay while the sun shines, both literally and figuratively. The Press Up Entertainment Group he co-founded with Paddy McKillen Jnr (...)

John Thero: ‘I am pleased that Amarin’s significant progress and innovative work is recognised by this award.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fish oil drug specialist Amarin has been recognised for the breakthrough results for its one medicine, Vascepa, as a cardiovascular therapy. John The(...)

 Mecca founder Jo Horgan was representing Australia at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards

Make-up for men is set to be the next big global beauty trend, according to Jo Horgan, founder of the Australian cosmetics retailing giant Mecca. “Th(...)

US tech veteran Brad Keywell has been named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019. Photograph: Daniel Candaux

Tech veteran Brad Keywell has been named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019. Mr Keywell was selected from among 57 finalists representing 47 (...)

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