And the winners of 2012 ITLG Innovation Awards are …

14 Mar 2012103 Views

Investor Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners and Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang last night at the ITLG Summit in Silicon Valley. Credit: Views of the World

Five young Irish technology companies were awarded for the depth of their innovation and the potential of their businesses at the fifth annual ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Awards in Silicon Valley last night.

Some 20 companies were selected following an extensive review of 100 companies at a series of pitch sessions at DCU and the University of Ulster in October and November.

These 20 firms went on to pitch to a panel of seasoned executives and experts this week in Silicon Valley.

The winning companies for 2012 were:

Radisens Diagnostics for Biotech/Cleantech

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OmniMotion Technology for Entertainment and Gaming

Rapt Touch Limited  for Hardware/Semiconductor

RepKnight for Mobile/Social Media/Web

DataHug for Software & Services/Cloud

The companies received their awards last night from Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, and former Intel chairman and CEO Craig Barrett.

John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist who served as editor of for 17 years.