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CarTrawler wins Software Company of the Year

The Irish Software Association (ISA), today hosted the annual Irish Software Awards 2014, where Dublin based CarTrawler won Software Company of the Year. The awards were held in the DoubleTree Hotel, Dublin, with over 500 business leaders from the ICT and software sector gathering to recognise the innovation and achievements of Irish software companies. Hailo co-founder Jay Bregman was the keynote speaker, and addressed how Irish SMEs can grow and scale internationally.

CarTrawler connects some of the biggest brands in the travel industry with over 1,200 car rental agents at 30,000 locations across 174 countries. They have offices in London, and Boston with their Head Office in Dublin, where nearly 300 people are employed. Their booking engine operates in 40 languages, and multiple currencies, making it easy to use all over the world. It can be integrated into travel companies' websites to help tourists get around more easily and generate more revenue for companies. They recently announced the creation of 400 new jobs over the next three years in Dublin and have begun the first phase of 200 hires, including senior roles in business development, customer operations, data science, finance and engineering.

Founding partner of the venture capital firm, Frontline Ventures, Shay Garvey was named ISA Person of the Year. He is an experienced early stage technology investor and has raised funds in excess of a quarter of a billion euro, investing in 25 early stage tech companies over a number of cycles. Previously, he worked with Exxon, Corning and McKinsey and has served on the boards of the Irish Venture Capital Association, the Trinity College Science Gallery and the European Leadership Council of the Harvard Business School. Other award winners on the night were Brite: Bill, Fenergo, S3 Group, Asavie Technologies, Realex Payments, Intel Ireland, TSSG / FeedHenry.

Addressing the event ISA Chair and Trilogy Technologies Group MD Edel Creely said: “We need to create an environment that supports companies grow and expand internationally. Ireland's indigenous software sector has 730 companies, employing more than 12,000 people, with sales in excess of €1.9 billion every year. We are a small country, but with big ambitions.

“Recent comparisons with the UK, have shown how a strong focus on delivering an environment that supports entrepreneurs helps to effectively scale companies. We have been very successful in attracting foreign direct investment, but we need to do more to make Ireland the best country in the world to build and scale an indigenous business.

"This year, we received an influx of extremely talented and worthy nominations. CarTrawler stood out for their contribution to the Irish software industry, however, the quality of entrants proves, to investors at home and abroad, that a wealth of knowledge, expertise and incentives exist in Ireland."

Category winners

ISA Company of the Year: CarTrawler
ISA Person of the Year: Shay Garvey
Emerging Company of the Year: Brite:Bill
Outstanding Achievement in International Growth: Fenergo
Digital Technology Services Project of the Year: S3 Group
Technology Innovation of the Year: Asavie Technologies
Excellence in Talent Development: Realex Payments
Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year: Intel Ireland
Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year: TSSG / FeedHenry
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