Galway’s top entrepreneurs make shortlist

Galway natives Dáithí O’Connor from Revive Active, Evelyn O’Toole from CLS and Jim Burke from GoBus.ie have been named as finalists in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme.
Galway natives Dáithí O’Connor from Revive Active, Evelyn O’Toole from CLS and Jim Burke from GoBus.ie have been named as finalists in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme.

Three Galway business visionaries have been shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.

Galway natives Daithi O’Connor, Evelyn O’Toole and Jim Burke join a shortlist of 24 that between them employ over 5,000 people and have revenues of €475 million combined

The nominated finalists, who have been selected in the three categories of Emerging, Industry and International following a rigorous and independent judging process, have a combined workforce of over 5,000 people and turnover of more than €475 million.

Evelyn O’Toole is the founder and CEO of Complete Laboratory Solutions and is a native of Clifden. CLS are based on the Tuam Road in Galway city.

“I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award and will relish the opportunity to work with EY over the next ten months,” she said.

“The theme this year is ‘Leading through Change’, which is ideal for me. I embrace change and see it as a piece necessary to protect sustainability. Right now this theme is perfectly timed in light of BREXIT and US leadership changes in particular, examining relationships, strategies, readiness and opportunities.

“I am particularly excited to meet and work with the other 23 finalists – many iconic brands and great leaders. I am also very proud to see the West of Ireland being well represented,” she added.

Revive Active was founded by Dáithi O’Connor with Liam Salmon in 2011, and from humble beginnings, they backed their vision with everything they had and built a successful business with strong foundations.

The team has grown and now includes doctors, scientists, production specialists and expert nutritionists, all dedicated to making innovative health food supplements that really work.

And Jim Burke, backed by a 30 year career in the transport industry, founded GoBus.ie in 2009 to provide the first non-stop motorway coach service in the country. The family-run business announced a significant expansion of their fleet in the last few weeks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.