Inner City Enterprise short-listed
The Best Female
Helen Walsh - Fitness, Wellness and Coaching
Helen Walsh set up Fitness, Wellness and Coaching with the help of The Inner City Enterprise in 2014. Helen Walsh is an international health coach, personal trainer and one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts. She has created a reputation for herself in the industry for getting results and having an intuition when it comes to her clients’ health and lifestyle needs. She has motivated thousands of people to achieve their health and fitness goals.
Helen has been a fitness expert and wellness coach for over 20 years. She also has a background in psychology with qualifications in counselling, coaching, CBT and child psychology.
Helen worked as a consultant for The Afternoon Show RTE and also on radio on The Marian Finucane Show, and she has a regular slot on The Declan Meehan Show on East Coast FM.
Melissa Curley - Social Bee
Melissa Curley is the founder and creative director of SocialBee, a bee-spoke service specialising in afternoon tea experiences. SocialBee was created to bring people back around the table, to connect and to chat. SocialBee tea party events work to mark those special occasions such as baby showers, hen parties, christenings and birthdays, as well as for corporate events where team building, networking, and inter-departmental relationship building are the focus.
Holly Pereira - Hyper Pictures
Holly Pereira is an illustrator, animator, muralist and sign painter based in Dublin. In 2015, she set up Hyper Pictures, with assistance from the Back to Work Enterprise Scheme, and the Inner City Enterprise Board. As a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, she works on a wide variety of projects that include commercial illustration for advertising, sign painting for local Dublin businesses, and creating murals that add a splash of colour and life to the Dublin streets. Holly also works in facilitation and mentoring for public art projects, for example, she will be a mentor at this year’s International Literature Festival Dublin. After receiving a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) from NCADin 2004, she went on to practice as an artist till 2013. She then returned to college to study animation in the Irish School of Animationin Ballyfermot College of Further Education, leaving in 2015 with a Higher National Diploma in Animation.
The Best Male
Daniel Cantwell - Ben & Anvil
Daniel Cantwell is the Creative Director of Ben & Anvil, a Dublin-based creative post-production studio offering visual effects, motion graphics and animation services. Daniel set up the studio with his wife, Ailbhe, in 2015. Their emphasis on quality design in motion graphics and animation has allowed them to stand out from the crowd. Daniel's background is in graphic design, this is reflected in the many national and international design and animation awards won by the young company.
Shane Burke -The Stylish Guy
Shane Burke is an image consultant, fashion stylist and personal shopper from Dublin, Ireland. Shane set up the Stylish Guy menswear store in Clontarf. Shane Burke has vast experience in working as an image consultant and has worked with many Irish celebrities providing fashion advice. He offers an image consultant service that is accessible for everybody from any walk of life.
Shane Sutton – Teddybots
Teddybots is a new Irish toy company making robot soft toys. Teddybots are the teddybears for today’s digital generation. Teddybots will take people on a journey through a multi- universe of creative stories where they can follow their characters on fantastic travels through space. Shane is an artist with experience in painting, graphics, film making including photography, directing and editing. He had also worked as an artist facilitator, having written a number of art workshops for community groups such as YAP Ireland and the Ombudsman for Children's Office.
The Best Newcomer
Karen Tynan - K-Star Academy
K-Star Academy, a performing arts school for young talent from four years up to early teens, was set up by Karen Tynan in 2016. K-Star Academy is a creative hub where children are encouraged to express their passion for performing arts in a free and artistic way. Born to perform Karen Tynan was in various productions from a very young age and followed her dream to London where she graduated from the prestigious London Studio Centre with a BA honours degree in theatre and dance. From there, she began her career working as a professional singer, actor and dancer performing around the world including headline tours of America, releasing two albums and being featured in the hit American TV series Penny Dreadful as well as various TV adverts.
Russell Simmons -The Greedy Pig
The Greedy Pig began life as a blog in 2010, showcasing the best of music, art and culture in Ireland and beyond. Since then it has grown into a collective that spans events, a record label and an online publication. The Greedy Pig works with an incredibly talented bunch of artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers who share our vision for inspiring, creative work.
Dr. Siobhán Hargis - Stroll Dublin
Stroll Dublin was founded by Dr. Siobhán Hargis in 2015 in order to provide top-quality historical and cultural tours of Dublin city. The aim of Stroll Dublin is to allow visitors to the city to explore Dublin in the company of an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Stroll Dublin allows people to explore the city in a much more flexible way and to see the parts of Dublin and Irish culture that really interest them. Siobhán is a university lecturer, specialised in Ancient History and Archaeology. He worked in the university sector for seven years before deciding to use his experience as an historian and lecturer within the growing tourism sector in Ireland.