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22 Sep, 2020

Ifac proud to support Galway Agri-engineering winner of Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards 2020

We are delighted to congratulate Micheál McInerney at StrongBó Agritech, Galway for winning the ifac Best Newcomer Award at the online Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards 2020.

We are delighted to congratulate Micheál McInerney at StrongBó Agritech, Galway for winning the ifac Best Newcomer Award at the online Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards 2020.

The awards recognise the future of the Irish agtech sector - Irish businesses and entrepreneurs that are leading the way with their agtech and ag-engineering products for the industry.

The winner of the Best Newcomer Award receives ifac’s advisory and accountancy services for 12-months at a critical stage of their development. This includes business structure and tax advisory, financial planning, as well as support with their business’ growth strategy and funding applications.

Winner Micheál McInerney at StrongBó Agritech said: "This is a brilliant outcome for StrongBó. We are absolutely delighted to have won the ifac Best Newcomer Award at the EI Innovation Arena Awards. From day one of our application, we viewed this award as potentially the most impactful for our business. The expertise that ifac will bring to our team is critical. We are excited to work with David and the team at ifac to take StrongBó to the next level."

**David Leydon, Head of Food and AgriBusiness at *ifac ***said, “Particularly in light of Covid-19, it is great to see resilience in the sector and we are delighted to support the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Awards that normally take place each year at the National Ploughing Championships. This is our second year supporting the Best Newcomer Award and we congratulate Micheal at StrongBó Agritech and look forward to working with him over the coming year.

“We would also like to congratulate two other winners we work with - Best Start Up winner Shane and his team at Iamus Technologies, Dublin and Farm Safety Start Up winner Philip Dickson at Dickson Agri Solutions, Westmeath for ‘Third Arm’.”

The ifac Best Newcomer Award 2019 went to HerdEye, an agtech start up developing vision systems for livestock health monitoring. Its vision system uses artificial intelligence to monitor cows to determine when a cow is going to calve, if they are experiencing heat stress or lameness, and for body condition scoring.