Awards , Achievements and Speaker Events

The Prestigious Sccul Special Merit Award!

With over 160 businesses interviewed by the judges, I was so delighted to have even made the shortlist. Throughout the day people asked me if I was in for an award, and truthfully, I wasn’t really sure. I kept thinking to myself, I didn’t mind if I didn’t but if I did, I’d love to win a “One to Watch” Award as it would give me a challenge for next year! So I sat there looking up at the screen while it was announced that there were two special awards being given out along with the category winners. I sat back and relaxed for this part because I definitely knew my name wouldn’t be called for these awards. But my back straightened when I heard the words…”And the winner of the Special Merit Sccul Enterprise Award 2014 is…Minimate.”  What was funny was that I nearly didn’t recognise the name because I have been so associated with MediStori! I felt quite emotional as I had put in a very long and hard few years to get my business off the ground – and throughout it all, I always stuck to my ethics and vision. And this Merit Award couldn’t have made me feel prouder. I am proud to say I am a social entrepreneur. Thank you to all the judges who believe in me – I promise I will always work hard to keep up to the standard of such a prestigious award.

The National JCI Medical Innovation Award! 

“Our next winner is a mum to three children, who each have chronic illnesses. Keeping an eye on three children at the best of times isn’t easy, but Olive found herself really struggling to track all the medication, appointments and paperwork that went along with chronic illness. This led her to her fourth baby ‘MediStori’. This was the speech that led to me hearing that I had won the JCI Mayo Young Person in Medical Innovation Award 2015! I was completely taken aback because 1) Young Person!?! – I’m 33, haha and 2) I hadn’t entered the competition. I found out later that Áine, our amazing Project Manager in the MediStori team had nominated me for this amazing prize! After meeting some of the fantastic regional contestants and winners, I was taken by even more surprise when on the eve of my gentle dads anniversary, on the 16th May 2015, I went on to win the National Award for Medical Innovation. I met really and truly amazing people at this ceremony and felt both overwhelmed and privileged to be surrounded by same. It’s internationals next go and if I get there, next stop will be Tokyo! Áine has written a fantastic blog post on what JCI do and I would encourage everyone to read it… [click here to read blog]

Enterprise Ireland KPMG Awards

One of 13, out of nearly 100 – and KPMG Award Finalists! In 2013, nearly 100 entrepreneurs applied for Phase One of Enterprise Ireland’s prestigious New Frontiers programme in 2013. Thirty of these were selected and all of whom presented in a “Dragon Den” style pitch to get on to Phase 2. Our company, presenting the MediStori as our first product, were one of 13 to get on to this Phase. Starting the programme, we learned that we had access to worldwide renowned business mentors and entrepreneurs and were also were landed with a €15,000 research funds.

With bimonthly reviews by the New Frontiers team, we had to prove we were putting our market research, product development and business methodologies and strategies intoaction. Upon completion of Phase 2, we were given the option to present again to get unto Phase 3. Eight of the thirteen entrepreneurs were picked – and again, we were one of them!

We were then given the opportunity to pitch at the prestigious 2014 KPMG Entrepreneur awards, with resulted in us being proud finalists out of a select group of innovative, modern start up companies.

MedTech’s Acadamy of Excellence

When I talk to those in the tech industry,  I usually get asked – “But why is  the MediStori not an app?” And the answer is simple – I asked my customers what they wanted, and this is what I was told. Additionally, there is the major point that most acute hospitals and GP’s do not have public Wi-Fi access and so how would people open their apps without having to pay for their own data?

Anyway, because I’m not a “techie”, I normally am not asked to go particular conferences or shows related to technology in healthcare. But I decided to see if I could go to MedTech’s event in Galway because I wanted to prove a concept that innovation isn’t always about technology. I didn’t think I’d stand a chance so you can imagine my surprise when I was told that my submission to MedTech’s Start Up Academy of Excellence 2014 was successful?

I was delighted because I wanted the opportunity to show that innovation comes from just finding out what the problems are, and meeting those needs, be it technology or otherwise. I also wanted to show that there is an urgent need, for unified, universal solutions and that we all need to work together to achieve this.

Speaker Events

Olive has presented at a range of conferences and events including:

 Maynooth University 2016 – Key Note Speaker, Plenary & Workshop Facilitator – Connected Health
 SOUND Charity 2016 – AGM with SOUND members (Strategy & Leadership)
 IADT (Institute for Technology) Conference 2016 – Benefits of For-Profit Social Entrepreneurs
 Rotunda Hospital 2016 – Keynote Speaker International Thrombosis Day [Dr Fionnuala Ni Ainle]
 World Health Innovation Summit 2015 – International Keynote Speaker [Mr Gareth Presch, CEO]
 eHealth Ecosystem – Keynote Speaker 2016 [Mr Richard Corbridge, CIO HSE], Ballsbridge
 National Medicines Forum 2015 – HSE, Dr Helen Flint] RCPI, Kildare Street
 National Patients Forum 2015 – HSE Quality Improvement Directorate], Aisling Hotel
 St. Luke’s Symposium 2015 RCPI – Keynote Speaker; Innovation in Healthcare from Patients Perspective
 Vasco de Gama (VdGM) – WHO Conference for Young GPs 2015, Chartered Accountants House
 ICGP Summer School 2015, – Mount Wolseley, Tullow, Carlow.
 UCD Forensic Medicine- Guest Lecturer Grade 8 Health Professionals], 2014 UCD
 MedTech Start-Up Academy – 2014 Radisson Hotel, Galway
 Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (ICAN) – Keynote Speaker; Self-Management Resources, Galway
 Heart Children Ireland – Keynote Speaker; Overcoming Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dublin
 National Primary Care Conference; Aviva Stadium
 National Health Summit, Croagh Park

Patient Involvement & Facilitation

Olive has also been involved in many working groups in the health system:

 Founding Global Village Health Translation – Project 1: International #fabnhsday guide for Colostrum
 NDRC – Business Mentor for Health Tech Start-Ups (affiliated with eHealth Ireland)
 SOUND – External facilitator for this charity; helping build team and strategies
 ICAN – Designing an interactive solution focused work shop with all stakeholders for JIA
 National PPPG Framework HSE – Policy, Procedures and guidelines Programme (Ms Brid Boyce)
 National QI Programme Prevention VTE Working Group (Dr Philip Crowley, Ms Ciara Kirke – HSE)
 Paediatric Early Warning Score System (PEWS) Working Group (RCPI, NCEC Dr John Fitzsimons)
 National Maternity Strategy Focus Group (National Women’s Council, DoH)
 National Clinical Programme Paediatrics & Neonatology (NCEC, Dr Alf Nicholson)
 Irish College General Practitioners (ICGP Public Representative Group, Dr. Margaret O’Riordan)
 Zero Harm Medication Initiative Launch (Tallaght Hospital, Mr Tim Delaney)
 PPI Literature Review for NCEC (Dr. Veronica Lambert, DCU and DoH)
 National Sexual Health Strategy 2016 Working Group (HSE & DoH)
 National Patient Forum, 2015 (HSE Quality Improvement Division)
 National Medical Card Form Review Panel, 2016 (HSE)
 National Health Service Vision 2026 Working Group 2016 (HSE)


Distinct Positioning

 International Fellow: England Centre Practice Development, Canterbury University [ECPD], UK
 Patient Reviewer BMJ [British Medical Journal]

Current Academic Activities
2016 Special Award in Community Education and Development Carlow IT

Educational Achievements

2017 International Fellow Quality Improvement in Healthcare ISQua
2015 Adult Literacy Training NALA
2014 Self-Management Facilitator Chronic Disease Stanford University
2012 Lean Start-Up Methodologies Programme GMIT
2012 Graduate Certificate General Studies [Business & Legal] GMIT
2011 Fetac 5 Certificate: Business Studies & First Aid VTOS
2009 Certificate: Child Protection Scouting Ireland
2009 Fetac 5 Certificate: Youth Leadership & Society VEC
2009 Certificate Intercultural Studies VEC
2008 Fetac 5 Certificate: Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint Fás LTI
2005 Business Management I. F. I