ShiftDock lands Seedcorn cash boost

Patrick Devine and John Hope from ShiftDock with judging panel member, Margaret Hearty from InterTradeIreland. INNT 46-522CON Pic by Darryl Mooney
Patrick Devine and John Hope from ShiftDock with judging panel member, Margaret Hearty from InterTradeIreland. INNT 46-522CON Pic by Darryl Mooney

WHITEABBEY IT business ShiftDock has scooped a huge cash prize after winning the Best Emerging Company category in InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn 2012 competition.

As regional winner, ShiftDock is guaranteed at least 20,000 euro and will now go on to compete in the all-island final at a prestigious awards ceremony to be held at Titanic Belfast on November 28.

The judges were extremely impressed with the presentations submitted by ShiftDock, which has created an innovative web-based application that allows managers to create and publish employee schedules online.

Company Director Patrick Devine is delighted to have been confirmed as a finalist.

“To have been selected as a regional finalist in these highly respected awards is a real honour and is a reflection of the ambitious business plan we put forward for ShiftDock. Developing and submitting our business plan and pitching it to the panel has been incredibly useful in focusing our attention on the expansion of the business.

“This prize money will provide a welcome boost to the business and will support our requirement for working capital. It has reinforced our confidence in our business idea and will allow us to focus on growing the company on a global scale,” he explained.

Commending ShiftDock on their success, Thomas Hunter McGowan, Chief Executive of InterTradeIreland said: “In this difficult economic climate it can be a real challenge for businesses in their infancy to secure investment so it is encouraging to see companies such as ShiftDock deliver such an ambitious and insightful business plan.”

For more information about InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn competition log on to www.intertradeireland.com/seedcorn