CameraMatics CEO named HPSU Founder of the Year 2021

Mervyn O’Callaghan, co-founder and CEO of CameraMatics, has been named the Enterprise Ireland High-Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founder of the Year for 2021.

O’Callaghan’s company Cameramatics provides cutting-edge, award-winning SaaS technology for fleet and driver risk management.

The business helps customers reduce accidents, improve operational efficiencies and manage compliance.

“The Founder of the Year Awards celebrate Ireland’s vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs who have displayed commitment to building their businesses and realising their global ambition”

Scaling fast, CameraMatics has close to 1,000 customers including global leading fleet operators.

Vision and dedication

“I’m very grateful to all my peers in the Founders Forum for nominating me for this award,” O’Callaghan said. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the entire team at CameraMatics – we couldn’t have come this far without your exceptional talent and continued dedication – and a special word of thanks to my co-founder and long-term business partner Simon Murray.

“The guidance and support that we received from Enterprise Ireland, the Founders Forum and my peer founder participants over the last year or so has been invaluable in helping us to achieve our vision of improving driver and vehicle safety globally, particularly as we have navigated these uncertain times together.”

The Enterprise Ireland Founder of the Year Awards acknowledge and celebrate the commitment that entrepreneurs and start-ups have made to build world-class companies of the future. There were 12 nominees for the 2021 award, all of whom were voted for by their peers who have been taking part in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founders Forum over the last 24 months.

Fionn Lahart of One Projects and John McCarthy of Taxamo were also acknowledged for their companies’ achievements to date and voted as runners-up. Other finalists included: Ian Duffy, Accelerated Payments; Niamh Parker, Altada; Ross Lawless, CALT Dynamics; Karina Kelly, Content Llama; Kerrill Thornhill, MEG; Oisin Curran, Odyssey VC; Sharon Cunningham, Shorla Pharma; Wendy Slattery, The Beauty Buddy and Peter Jenkinson, Wrkit.

“The Founder of the Year Awards celebrate Ireland’s vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs who have displayed commitment to building their businesses and realising their global ambition,” said Jenny Melia, divisional manager for High Potential Start-ups at Enterprise Ireland.

“Each of today’s nominees have achieved so much within their own fields of work and their success is an inspiration for the next generation of founders coming up behind them. Congratulations to all those who took part and a particular commendation to Mervyn O’Callaghan from CameraMatics on winning this year’s Founder of the Year Award.”

Enterprise Ireland and Select Strategies created the HPSU Founders Forum to give founders a platform where they can address issues, share challenges and seek support from each other and from founders who are further along in their entrepreneurial journey. Since its inception, over 300 founders have participated in the HPSU Founders Forum from a range of sectors including software, medical devices, food, engineering and construction.

The 2021 Founder of the Year was decided by a judging panel which included representatives from Enterprise Ireland, Atlantic Bridge, Ergo, Google and Grant Thornton. Previous award winners include Brian Shields of Neurent Medical, John Ghent of Sytorus and Tony McEnroe of Sirius XT.

“The primary objective of the Founders Forum is to provide a platform for founders to help other founders succeed internationally and scale faster,” said Enterprise Ireland executive director of Global Business Development Kevin Sherry.

“Mervyn is an excellent example of a founder with a clear pathway to scaling globally with the potential to become a world leader in his field. I would also like to congratulate the 11 other nominees, all of whom were shortlisted by their peers, which is a real testament to their potential and future success.”

Pictured at top (from left): Mervyn O’Callaghan, co-founder and CEO at CameraMatics, Kevin Foley, Partner – Audit and Assurance at Grant Thornton and Jenny Melia, Divisional Manager – High Potential Start-Ups at Enterprise Ireland. Image: Maxwells

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Published: 24 June 2021