Jerry Kennelly named Ireland’s Net Visionary 2011

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Jerry Kennelly after receiving his Net Visionary Award, with IIA chief executive Joan Mulvihill

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Kerry entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, who sold his company Stockbyte to Getty Images in 2006 for US$135m and has come roaring back in the start-up game with Tweak.com, has been named Overall Net Visionary winner in the Irish Internet Association’s 2011 Net Visionary Awards.

Kennelly, who began his first business in 1981, grasped early on the potential of the internet. After starting Stockbyte in 1996, the company quickly became one of the leading stock photography websites in the world by the time it was acquired by Getty a decade later.

He has since started Tweak.com, a web-based design platform which will bring the services of professional designers to the desktops of Ireland’s 230,000 business owners, aiming to give them a cost saving of almost 80pc compared to traditional suppliers.

The 2011 awards were held for the first time at the prestigious Wintergarden at the National Gallery of Ireland.

“I’m sure the artists behind the masterpieces hanging here would be happy that the title has gone to a man who has anchored his career to the marriage of the visual arts and technology,” said IIA chief executive Joan Mulvihill.

Winners of the 2011 Net Visionary Awards

Overall Net Visionary Winner

2011 winner: Jerry Kennelly, Tweak.com

Best Breakthrough Brick to Click

2011 winner: McCabes Pharmacy

Best Cloud Service

2011 winner: SortMyBooks Online Accounting Software

Best in Digital Marketing

2011 winner: Bua Marketing

Best Mobile App Developer

2011 winner: Furious Tribe

Best Online Trader

2011 winner: Rainbusters

Best Rookie

2011 winner: Coder Dojo/Disruptive Developments Limited

Best Open Data Initiative

2011 winner: NDRC Inventorium

Best Use of Social Media

2011 winner SocialMedia.ie

Best Web Design

2011 winner: Arekibo Digital

Best Web Developer

2011 winner: Dovetail

eGovernment Award

2011 winner: The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Innovation Award

2011 winner: FEXCO Tax Free Limited

Internet Start-up

2011 winner: Learnpipe

Social Contribution

2011 winner: ReachOut.com

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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