Since 2003, the Trust has run an annual competition for start-ups seeking investment to support the growth of their venture. The winner of the 2018 Bolton Trust Innovation Award was Aimée Madden of Clinishift. CliniShift is a communication software solution for the allocation of overtime shifts in hospitals. CliniShift allows hospital managers to communicate with their own internal staff and rapidly fill overtime shifts when vacancies appear in permanent rosters. This reduces over-reliance on external agencies and streamlines processes within the hospital.

At the Awards evening, kindly hosted by PwC, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, presented Aimée with the trophy and a prize of €10,000. The three runners-up – Brendan Looney of Horus, Paul Hennessy of Outbound and Pierce Dargan of EquineMediRecord – each received a prize of €1,000. All four finalists are recent graduates of the DIT/IADT New Frontiers Programme.

The judging panel for the finals comprised Orla Rimmington of Kernel Capital; Dermot Berkery of Delta Partners; Sarah-Jane Larkin of the Irish Venture Capital Association and Graham Byrne of YourSmileDirect.


L to R: John Lauder, Bolton Trust; Minister Donohoe; Aimée Madden, CliniShift; Feargal O’Rourke, PwC, Sarah-Jane Larkin, Irish Venture Capital Association

Aimée Madden, CliniShift