Growth for software firm Platform Avenue

For a company used to finding innovative ways of putting people in the shop window the tables have now been turned on Platform Avenue as they bid to scoop a major award in recognition of their work.

The software-as-a-service provider allows users to create enriched application processes for a range of sectors from job applications to student grants and reality TV casting.

“Even though the products seem at first glance to be very different they are all comprised of the same components.

"We use the same core software for each and we have yet to launch a new product which hasn’t benefitted the others,” says company chief executive Patrick Dineen.

“Our entire suite of products are constantly evolving and improving but because we process personal data and sensitive commercial and business data, security is our number one priority.”

The idea for the business was born when the CEO, in a previous role, was attempting to place engineers in construction jobs in the Middle East but found it difficult to get candidates accepted based on a traditional CV alone.

So, he decided to use video interviews to bring candidates to life.

It proved so successful that he founded Platform Avenue to build a platform for other companies to use — and use it they have.

It’s reality TV casting platform — My Audition Stage — was the first off the ground with applicants for The Great Irish Bake Off proving an ideal cohort to validate to product.

Since, the software has been used by production companies for other popular shows like The Voice, Room to Improve and Ireland’s Fittest Family.

Having been bootstrapped by Mr Dineen to begin with the company has since been granted Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund status in 2014 and the agency’s high potential startup designation last year.

In summer 2015, the company moved to new offices on Victoria Road where its seven employees continue to grow the business.

With room for 25 staff, the company’s ambition is clear to see.

“Being chosen as a finalist is fantastic recognition for the team at Platform Avenue for the hard work that they have put into developing what I believe is the best application management platform available,” Mr Dineen says.


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