Thurles Company Wins LEAP Award

A Thurles based start-up company that produces games for the mobile phone market has claimed third prize at Limerick Institute of Technology’s LEAP Business Awards for 2011/2012.

A Thurles based start-up company that produces games for the mobile phone market has claimed third prize at Limerick Institute of Technology’s LEAP Business Awards for 2011/2012.

NeverMind Games, who are based in the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre at the Thurles campus of LIT Tipperary, received a prize valued at €7,500, including €1,500 in cash from LIT, plus legal consultancy from Holmes O’Malley Sexton, Limerick, mentoring from The Discovery Partnership and membership of Limerick Chamber of Commerce for two years at Thursday night’s awards ceremony .

Speaking after the awards ceremony, Mark Lambe, CEO of NeverMind Games said that the award is further validation of the company’s progress and for their decision to take on LIT’s Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Platform (LEAP) programme.

“We are delighted with the award and with the supports we have been getting on the LEAP programme. It’s a really smart one-year programme for start-ups like ours. We have received excellent one-on-one mentoring on the programme and it has been hugely beneficial also in terms of preparing our business plan for potential investors.

“Being based so close to LIT Tipperary has been a big plus for us as there is a fantastic team there that has put the campus at the forefront of the thriving computer gaming initiative in Ireland. Our office in the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre is a great new facility for businesses in the area, so the Chamber has been really good to us in that respect. Thurles is long since known for being the home of hurling but it is also fast becoming the home of the gaming industry as well, with people like Phil Bourke and events like the Games Fleadh rightly attracting most of the attention.” he said.

The awards were for companies on LIT’s Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Platform (LEAP) and were presented by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan at the Millennium Theatre, LIT. The total €100,000 awards fund is the largest administered by any of the 16 enterprise programmes for start-up businesses at institutes of technology in Ireland.