The shortlist for the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Ireland, was announced recently and Daithi O’Connor, MD of Revive Active was honoured to be included on the list of 24 finalists.
There are three categories within the shortlist; Emerging, Industry and International and Daithi O’Connor is a finalist within the Emerging category.
Daithi founded Revive Active in 2011 after identifying a niche in the Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements market and commenced creating, manufacturing and marketing high quality super supplements. The company now has 6 products in its range; super food supplement Revive Active, Joint Complex, Mastermind, SuperbaBoost Krill Oil, Ubiquinol CoQ10 and most recently Beauty Complex.
“I’m very honoured and flattered to be included on a shortlist with such high calibre business people in a variety of industries and I’m looking forward to participating in the development programme. It will be an exciting 10 months ahead. I wouldn’t be listed without the help of my colleagues at Revive Active, our loyal retailers and many loyal customers.”, Daithi O’Connor.
The overall winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme, which works to recognise, promote and build a supportive community around Ireland’s high-growth entrepreneurs, will go on to represent Ireland at World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monaco in June 2018.
As part of the awards, the 24 finalists will take part in a 10-month development programme. They will also join more than 70 other entrepreneurs for a week-long “CEO Retreat” to San Francisco.
The theme for this year’s programme is “Leading through Change” in recognition of the significant changes that have occurred within the business community over the past 20 years and of future disruption to come.
The category winners and an overall 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin in October.
Daithi O’Connor and the company Revive Active couldn’t have achieved what they have over the last number of years without the assistance from Enterprise Ireland. In 2013, EI supported Revive Active with €200,000 in funding and followed this by a further €150,000 in 2015. Since the initial support in 2013 the company has grown from an annual turnover of 750,000 to 4 million, from 1 to 6 products, 5 employees to 17 employees and is now exporting 20%.