Buymie reaches the final of Innovation of the Year Award

By Maurice Garvey

TALLAGHT business Buymie is a finalist in the Irish Times Innovation of the Year Award.

Based in Bancroft Hall, Buymie provide online shopping deliveries via a mobile App, that can be downloaded free on iOS or Android devices.

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Alan Stewart, Head of E-Commerce at Lidl alongside Devan Hughes, CEO & Co-founder of Buymie

It’s a similar model to that which Deliveroo devised for the restaurant trade.

The company is one of 15 finalists in the innovation awards, which take place at a ceremony in the RDS on November 5.

For the awards, three finalists are nominated in five different categories with the category winners going forward to compete for the overall Innovation of the Year Award.

Other finalists include Cambrist and Cyberprism (nominated in IT and Fintech), Food Marble and Nuritas (nominated in Life sciences and Healthcare), Buymie, Auranta and Tech Works (nominated in New Frontiers).

Each category winner will receive a communications package worth €10,000 while the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ will win a package worth in excess of €150,000 and a scholarship for two Executive Development courses from UCD Smurfit School.

Michael McAleer, Innovation Editor at The Irish Times, said the calibre of this years’ entries was exceptionally high and the judging panel, chaired by Dr Chris Horn, co-founder of IONA Technologies, will have their work cut out to pick the winners.

At the start of 2019, Buymie announced a deal with Lidl, which allows customers to order groceries from the comfort of their own home.

Personalised orders via the start up can be delivered in as little as an hour, while other delivery options include two- and three-hour windows, along with the capability to order up to a week in advance.

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