Those who work in the Internet industry in Ireland take what they do very seriously. But once or twice a year they let their hair down. Last night at the Damien Mulley-run Irish Web Awards was one such night, and undoubtedly the most fun event of the year. It was a celebration of what is new and innovative in a spirit of positivity and optimism that is needed in every other sector today.

We were shortlisted in the best e-commerce website category which, for an insurance company, was quite an achievement – there were 45 entries in this category, shortlisted to 10 by a panel of 84 judges from throughout the industry. Personally, I was chuffed at that.

I’m delighted for the guys over at Curious Wines who won the category. Their website epitomises, in its simplicity from a user perspective, how to sell online. The site was designed by Sabrina Dent who helped to collect the award:

Just two plugs (for anyone who wasn’t there last night) for those looking for support in getting those great ideas off the ground or bringing them to the next level:

  1. Joe Drumgoole of the National Digital Research Centre made everyone aware of the Entrepreneurial Internship Programme, offering €25k over 3-months to help bring new web or mobile initiatives from idea to application.
  2. Colm Lyon of the Internet Growth Alliance reminded people about the 6-month Internet Growth Acceleration Programme (iGAP) being run in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland.

If you need support in developing your Internet business then get involved in one of these two programmes. Application deadlines are fast approaching.