End of year newsletter.

December 20th 2023Niamh Daniels

As we wrap-up on an incredible 2023, we want to take a moment to reflect on some of our achievements and express our gratitude to you our Members , Partners, our Board of Directors and our wider Network who have played an important part in a great year for us.

From completion of our extension project, supported by Enterprise Ireland to rebranding #GTC to Platform94, the launch of our #NW West International Scaling Programme as well as The Innovation Exchange, and welcoming new member companies to our already vibrant community,  its been a memorable year!

Check out some of our highlights of 2023 here!

From us all at Platform 94 we wish you and your families a Peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.

See you all in 2024 !!

Member News

Buymedia claim Top 5 place in DeloitteTechnology Fast 50 Awards

Buymedia, a proud company member of Platform 94, has been recognised as the fifth fastest growing tech company in Ireland by the 2023 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards. This award program ranks the top 50 fastest-growing technology companies in Ireland based on their revenue growth over a four-year period. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the programme, which celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship in Ireland’s indigenous technology sector. The 2023 Fast 50 winners have generated over €3 billion in total annual revenues and now employs over 8,800 people. On average, the featured companies in the rankings had a revenue of around €10 million, while their average growth rate in the last four years was 721%.

Buymedia, established in 2018 by CEO Fergal O’Connor, has fused advertising and technology to create an innovative advertising solution that leverages cutting-edge technology, advanced data analytics, and unparalleled expertise to provide highly effective and measurable advertising. This empowers advertisers to maximise their ROI and navigate the ever-evolving advertising landscape with confidence. Speaking about the award, Fergal said, “We are extremely proud of this achievement and honoured to represent Galway on the national stage, highlighting the thriving tech ecosystem in the west. It is great to have such a  collaborative spirit within the Galway business community and I am extremely grateful for the unwavering support of the Buymedia team, Platform 94, clients and partners. We look forward to continuing to contribute to Galway’s success by further pushing the boundaries in the adtech industry in 2024.”

Hillwalk Tours celebrates 15 year Anniversary


2023 proved to be an exceptionally busy and rewarding year for all of us at Hillwalk Tours, as we marked several significant milestones. In October, we celebrated our 15th anniversary, having successfully organised over 27,000 hiking holidays and creating memorable experiences for customers while they explore the great outdoors of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Spain.

Adding a touch of excitement to our accomplishments this year, Hillwalk Tours relocated to a spacious new office within the impressive new section of Platform 94. This move allows us to accommodate our ever-expanding team more comfortably. Our new office boasts panoramic views and the best of facilities enabling our staff to process tour sales for what we hope will be a record-breaking year.

Despite our growth, our core mission remains unwavering – to create experiences that make people happy. We have been contemplating ways to enhance the variety we offer to our adventurous hikers of all ages and abilities. In the past year, we proudly introduced an exciting lineup of 70+ new itineraries to our product offering. From captivating options along the breathtaking Burren Way & Cliffs of Moher to entirely new journeys such as Hadrian’s Wall Path West to East, we believe we have enriched our customers’ experiences and plan to do the same in 2024… watch this space!

Furthermore, we have extended our commitment to providing valuable insights by publishing 21 Ultimate Guide blog posts. These posts offer in-depth information, insider tips and recommendations for each hiking trail we offer. Explore our blog for more details.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we express our gratitude to both our customers (old and new) and the dedicated team members who have contributed to the continued success and growth of Hillwalk Tours. We are also grateful for Platform 94 and the amazing work environment they help to create.

We look forward to another exciting year of creating memorable and joyful hiking experiences for all.

Centripetal Ireland: Empowering a Secure Digital Future for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Centripetal Ireland marked Cybersecurity Awareness Month by hosting two impactful events at Platform 94’s newly opened Boardroom. The first event, “Pathways to Cyber,” engaged students from various disciplines, offering insights into personal journeys in cybersecurity. The second event, “Cyber Threats in the West: Trends in Cybersecurity,” brought together professionals and enthusiasts for in-depth discussions on the latest trends, challenges, and best practices in cybersecurity. These events aimed to educate and equip attendees, fostering awareness and empowerment in the ever-evolving realm of cybersecurity.

For professionals and cybersecurity enthusiasts in the business community who are eager to stay ahead of the dynamic threat landscape, Cyber Threats in the West: Trends in Cybersecurity was a very interesting event. We heard from Fergal Lyons from Centripetal Ireland and he highlighted some of the key components in cybersecurity awareness for businesses including robust passwords, software patching, and compliance regulations. Fergal stressed the importance of staying up to date with cyber best practices, and educated ius on the concept of passkeys as a modern alternative to traditional passwords. He also highlighted the value of intelligence powered cybersecurity and its proactive nature that enables teams to pivot away from the traditional detect and respond methods.

Sophisticated techniques targeting end users across various media are on the rise, catching them off guard, particularly over the Christmas period. The growing prevalence of non-email-based phishing attacks, such as vishing, smishing, and quishing, highlights the need for heightened awareness and cybersecurity measures. Centripetal Ireland provides valuable resources for readers this Christmas seeking a deeper understanding of social engineering risks and effective strategies to counteract them.

See link below to read more on how to protect yourself and your company this Christmas


Chipright presents bursary awards to local UoG Engineering students.

In a great initiative one of our members Chipright were involved in supporting local students with 2 bursary awards presented to University of Galway – School of Engineering. Pictured is Kevin Keane CEO Chipright  presentIng an award to Ethan Delaney and Timothy Hanley at the recent College awards ceremony. The awards were in recognition of both students final year projects in the Electronic Engineering department.

Chipright is a specialist technology consultancy firm providing design services across a wide variety of market sectors around the development of hardware and software solutions within the semi-conductor industry.


FCS Corporate Services enjoys a busy Second Half of 2023

FCS Corporate Services enjoyed a busy 2nd hafl of 2023. Some key highlights in August 2023,they relaunched the FCS Services’ website.Click here to check it out: www.fcscorporateservices.com

October 2023, FCS welcomed Lorraine Kilroy to the FCS Team as their Office Administrator.

In November 2023, FCS launched the first of their My Company Secretarial Companion eBook Series -How do I set up my Irish Company and what do I need to know?. Their  second eBook is due to be released mid-January 2024, so watch this space!

FCS Corporate Services will also be hosting a Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland CPD event on 17 January 2024 – Company Shareholders & Corporate Governance Update.  Further details can be found here:  Upcoming events

FCS also held a Charity Christmas morning for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland pictured above are some of their staff Lorraine Kilroy, Jill Benton, Moira Cleary and their new company secretary Harley !!!

Axis Healthcare Consulting expands to UK and Exhibits at leading Health conference in Copenhagen

In the Summer of 2023, AXIS Consulting announced ambitious expansion plans into the UK pharmaceutical market access sector. Up until then, the company had offices in Dublin and Galway, and the decision was made to open a new office base in Edinburgh, making it the headquarters for the company’s UK division. The physical expansion also saw the internal promotion of several people to senior positions, alongside the creation of a number of new roles. As part of the expansion, Founder and CEO, Brenda Dooley, affirmed the company’s commitment to the Scottish and wider UK market by relocating, with her family, to Edinburgh..The expansion is not only the culmination of many years of hard work, but also the beginning of a new chapter for the company.
October was another busy month for AXIS Consulting and they were delighted to welcome two new team members to the family. In early October, Manpreet Kaur joined AXIS as Senior Consultant. Based in Aberdeen, Manpreet is AXIS’ first recruit to new Edinburgh office. this summer. Meanwhile in Ireland, Nadia Morris came on board as Office Administrator joining Caroline McNeill , who was promoted to Business Operations Lead, in the Galway office. Congratulations all.

AXIS recently took a stand at the ISPOR (The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research) conference in Copenhagen. Their Theatre Session on potential AI use at NICE was very popular with a full house in attendance and many had to be turned away,

Platform Podium Series – Interview with Medscan 3D founder Jacqui O’Connor

In our new monthly Platform Podium Series we will be intervieiwng Founders/CEO’s from our member companies.

We’re delighted to kick off the first interview in the series with Jacqui O’Connor of Medscan 3D. When she established MedScan3D back in 2019, Jacqui O’Connor was on maternity leave for the second time in two years. Today, many important milestones and awards later, the 3D printing company services more than 40 medical groups with its models. “These models can also be used for educational purposes for the team and for the patient in question. Our models are not just for surgical planning, they are also used by research engineers to provide test models for their medical devices,” she explains.

“They can be made in a variety of materials for applications in medical device prototyping and testing. Customisable medical models to suit a specific area which will optimise their testing procedures at all stages of device development.”

With a background in chemistry and biomedical engineering, O’Connor has worked in various roles in healthcare, including as a technical manager in a nutraceutical start-up, a research assistant at University of Galway and a technical sales rep at an orthopaedic implant company.

James Wall, her husband and strategic adviser at MedScan3D, runs a 3D printing company which provides 3D printers, maintenance and support to medium and large-scale companies. According to Jacqui  developing the right testing model is of “utmost importance” for getting an implant to its most optimal stage, which, in turn, will provide the surgeon with the best device for treating the patient in question.

“MedScan3D streamlines what is normally a complicated process and provides a full turnkey solution, all in house. This provides a quick turnaround of customisable models with no 3D printing technology limitations – which meets the demands of fast-paced R&D teams,” she says.“Currently there is no other company that provides all aspects of medical scan conversion, [computer-aided] design adaptation and 3D printing of patient-specific models. We pride ourselves on our consultancy basis and providing an extension to the R&D team.”

The start-up, who are seeking to finalise its first private funding round in early 2024 , have been exporting its models to blue-chip companies based in high-tech markets such as North America, Israel and France.

O’Connor says the strategy is to sell through major and emerging players already established in the fast-growing field of medical simulation, and expand through current customers, while “exponentially increasing” the export market, especially in North America.

“Our vision is to foster a change in approach, where every healthcare professional can harness the power of 3D printing at the point of care, ensuring tailored and timely interventions that redefine the standard of patient care,” she says. “Together, we aim to build a healthier world, where innovation meets compassion, and patients receive the individualised care they deserve.”

Some of the key highlights from Medscan 3D’s year include

March 2023: Completion of the Innovation Partnership Programme with Irish Manufacturing Research, to allow us to receive the full IPP grant.

April 2023: Visiting Cleaveland under Mento means business to explore the USA market for expansion.

June/ August 2023: We were finalist’s for 2 awards; TCT Healthcare Application Awards  and Network Ireland Galway STEM Professional.

Sep 2023: We hosted a roundtable discussion of 5 women in STEM who are friends from their first STEM role, sharing their professional journeys and experiences.

Oct 2023: Some of our work featured on RTE’s My BodyFix, we created a 3D digital visualization of the patient’s ankle to explain the process in a straightforward way so that the patient could understand the full process.

Sep 2023: Jacqui was one of the first female founders to pitch for Awaken Angels.syndicate.

Dec 2023: Jacqui completed a Pioneer accelerator course.


Launch of Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace Training

We are delighted to announce a new collaboration between the Galway and Roscommon ETB (GRETB) and Platform94. Together, we are launching an innovative Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace training programme for our members in early Jan 2024.

As the world faces increasing environmental challenges, it is crucial for organisations to take responsibility and actively contribute to a sustainable future. The aim of the programme is to develop awareness of the impacts of environmental change and the key sustainable practices that can be implemented by a business and by an individual. To register on the programme please follow this link , https://www.fetchcourses.ie/course/finder?sfcw-courseId=439201  or email info@platform94.ie for more information.

With this collaboration, GRETB and Platform94 aim to lead the way in promoting environmental consciousness and sustainability within our workplaces. Together, we can create a greener, more sustainable future for our workplaces and communities.

Together, let’s make a difference and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

#sustainability #greeneconomy #efficiency #education #awareness

Thanks to our Members!






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