Geoff Meagher BnM Chairman, Dermot Honan CEO Borrisoleigh Bottling, Tom Donnellan CEO BnM, Vincent Redmond Head of New Business BnM.

Tipp firm selected for prestigious programme

Tipperary company Borrisoleigh Bottling Ltd is one of just eight companies across Ireland selected to take part in a prestigious new programme aimed at supporting early-stage companies leading the response to climate action and sustainability.

The new incubator programme, Accelerate Green, is delivered by Resolve Partners and sponsored by Bord na Móna. It is the first accelerator of its kind in Ireland dedicated to supporting companies developing products and services based on green innovation. Accelerate Green will help the eight business leaders identify clear pathways to scaling their novel solutions, delivering measurable impact and supporting economic development. To have been accepted onto the programme is a huge boost for Borrisoleigh Bottling.

Borrisoleigh Bottling Ltd is a bottled water company that is seeking to deliver water to the market in packaging that is more sustainable and less impactful on the environment. The company has acquired and revived Ireland’s original multiple gold medal winner and certified mineral water source, and now employs 30 staff in a rural community in North Tipperary. Their recent introduction of a fully recyclable plant-based water carton is a first in Ireland and is continuing to gain traction in the domestic and export markets. That is further complemented by a suite of glass products serving the hospitality and food service markets.

Welcoming the company to the Accelerate Green programme, Tom Donnellan, Chief Executive, Bord na Móna said: “Dermot Honan and his team at Borrisoleigh Bottling have been leading their industry in using environmentally friendly packaging for the mineral water it sells in Ireland and overseas. As a climate solutions company Bord na Móna is determined to help other companies, like Borrisoleigh Bottling, deliver novel solutions to enable a low-carbon economy while delivering sustainable jobs. Accelerate Green is an excellent opportunity for our eight selected companies to engage with key industry partners and gain potential financial investment.”

Dermot Honan, CEO, Borrisoleigh Bottling Ltd, added: “All of us here at Borrisoleigh Bottling are very excited to have been selected to take part in the Accelerate Green programme. Our participation is a recognition of our efforts to bring a more sustainable solution to the bottled water market in which single-use-plastic is currently so dominant.

“Getting access and the opportunity to speak at length with individuals who know about scaling is invaluable for any company and the insights that can be taken from such conversations are pure gold dust.”

Borrisoleigh Bottling Ltd will be joined on the Accelerate Green programme by EpiSensor, CameraMatics, Positive Carbon, Real Leaf Farm, Automsoft, Go Eve and Jones Celtic Bioenergy Ltd (JCBE). Over the course of the programme the eight companies will be brought through a series of deep learning and mentoring sessions and will engage with a broad array of speakers from enterprise and energy agencies, Irish corporates, research networks, investors, and successful business leaders.

The companies will also be able to avail of up to €20,000 of research funding with Irish university researchers. Following the completion of the programme the companies will participate in a leading industry conference, ‘Ireland Sustainable Future’, taking place in June, to coincide with the programme finish date.