Blanch based Kianda Technologies win at National Enterprise Awards

by Rachel Darcy

Blanchardstown based Kianda Technologies, who are supported by Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Fingal, were winners at this year’s National Enterprise Awards (NEA).

The awards, which took place virtually were broadcast online from the Mansion House in Dublin, are in their 22nd year and run annually by the LEOs.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Derya and Osvaldo Sousa, Kianda Technologies took home the Export award.

The company has achieved significant penetration in global export markets with their business automation software that streamlines business processes in areas such as finance, HR and quality.

Kianda has grown from strength-to-strength in the last couple of years, having won the Best Start Up / New Business award at the Fingal Chamber Awards in 2018, as well as being one of three Irish tech companies featured in RTE’s ‘Boost my Business’ for their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-founder Derya Sousa was also chosen to represent Fingal as a ‘Leading Light’ at the National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) in 2020 and will feature at the opening event of this year’s Local Enterprise Week (LEW).

Congratulating the company on their success at this year’s NEAs, Head of Enterprise in Fingal, Oisín Geoghegan, said: ”The National Enterprise Awards are an annual celebration of the achievements of Ireland’s small businesses and Kianda Technologies are very deserving winners of this award, because of the impact that they have already made both in Ireland and abroad.

“Local Enterprise Office Fingal is proud to have supported them along their journey to success and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours”.

Announcing the awards virtually from the Mansion House, Minister English said; “The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the sheer talent, determination and success which exists in Irish businesses.

“The winners tonight are outstanding companies and, along with all the finalists, are trailblazers for every small business and budding entrepreneur across the country. I have no doubt that the companies here will continue to grow their businesses, create more jobs and make a significant contribution to their local economies.

“The foundations of the Irish economy is built on by small businesses and through these awards we can recognise their valuable role in society.”

The NEAs are one of several initiatives that the LEOs run, to foster entrepreneurship across the country. Others include LEW, the Student Enterprise Programme, and NWED. The LEOs in local authorities are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.

Established in 2014, the LEOs are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow. T

he LEOs work with over 7,000 client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice, and financial supports to small businesses. For more information see www.LocalEnterprise.ie.

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