Twenty-four business leaders have been shortlisted for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award 2011.
A record 140 nominations were received for this year’s awards.
Ernst & Young's Frank O’Keeffe said: "As Ireland continues on the path to economic recovery, we need to look towards and celebrate our entrepreneurs and their businesses."
The 24 businesses that have made it to the final stages employ about 11,000 individuals between them.
Annadale Technologies - Denis McCarthy
Blue Insurances Ltd/ Multitrip.com- Ciaran Mulligan & Rowan Devereux
Bubblebum UK Ltd - Grainne Kelly
Joule - Ronan Ginnell & Ian Barrett
Crospon - John O'Dea
Crowley Carbon Ltd - Norman Crowley
The Now Factory - Tom Morrisroe
Dublin Aerospace - Conor McCarthy
Homecare Independent Living - Mairead Mackle
PFH Technology Group Limited - Paul Hourican
Itsabagel Ltd - Domini & Peaches Kemp
Largo Food Exports - Raymond Coyle
Noonan - John O'Donoghue
Argento - Peter Boyle
Centre For English Studies - Justin Quinn
Version 1 - Justin Keatinge
Openet - Joe Hogan & Niall Norton
Telestack Limited - Adrian McCutcheon
Texthelp Systems Limited - Mark McCusker
MJM Group - Brian McConville
Munster Simms Eng Ltd (Whale Water Systems) - Patrick Hurst
XSP - Brendan Farrell
Intune Networks Ltd - John Dunne & Tom Farrell
Sammon Contracting Group Ltd - Miceal Sammon