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VRAI, a data driven virtual reality simulation company are this year’s winner of the Dublin City Enterprise Award for 2020 taking home the top prize of €5,000. They will go on to represent Local Enterprise Office Dublin City at the 22nd National Enterprise Awards on Thursday 28th May in the Mansion House in Dublin.

Founded in August 2017 by Niall Campion and Pat O’Connor they saw the opportunity to develop virtual reality training products for high hazard environments. VRAI combines Niall’s award winning experience of directing Film and VFX, with Pat’s experience as a senior officer in the Irish Defence Forces, including operational deployments to Syria, Israel and Liberia.  VRAI’s offices are in Temple Bar where they are already employing 15 people in a gender balanced and diverse workplace.

VRAI created HEAT, allowing organisations whose activities are risky, remote or rare to train in a more authentic, memorable and measurable way.  HEAT creates authentic virtual training environments, with cutting edge data capture and analytics, to improve performance, safety and training outcomes. They provide services to the defence, security, energy, utilities, aviation and construction sectors.

Greg Swift Head of Enterprise & Economic Development with Local Enterprise Office Dublin City said: “For the last two decades, the National Enterprise Awards have celebrated home grown success stories from every corner of Ireland, putting their achievements into the national spotlight. And at the 2020 National Enterprise Awards, we are delighted to be represented by VRAI, yet another home grown success story. VRAI exemplify innovation. The judges were particularly impressed by the calibre of international corporate clients they have secured in less than 3 years of operations. We wish them continued success with their company expansion plans.”

VRAI will be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund. Categories this year include ‘Best Export Business’ ‘Best Future Focused’ and ‘Best Innovation’ in addition to eight regional awards.

Among the special guests at the announcement were Lord Mayor Tom Brabazon, Owen Keegan, Chief Executive Dublin City Council, Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise & Economic Development Dublin City, Aine Cronin, Senior Enterprise Development Officer Local Enterprise Office Dublin City and Peter Sheridan, Chair of the Dublin Enterprise Award assessment panel.