Skip to main content


The 3rd National Startup Awards has just kicked off and startups up to three years old are invited to enter the competition to compete for the Startup of the Year award which is accompanied by a great selection of prizes.StartUp

Big Red Cloud is delighted to announce that we are sponsoring the Innovative Startup category in this year’s awards and we are startuppresenting this category winner with free accounting software for life – that includes both accounting and payroll. We are also recognising the other 13 category winners and they will each receive free payroll for one year.

In addition, all companies that submit an entry will get 90 days free access to the Big Red Cloud. The great list of prizes aside, when you are setting up or are trying to establish your business every little bit of help counts and the Startup Awards provides a great platform to generate publicity for your business in Ireland.

We would encourage you to jump on board and complete the first stage by filling out the National Startup Awards 2014 application form here.

The startup awards were created to recognise and reward the spirit of entrepreneurship in Ireland today and here at Big Red Cloud we are proud to be associated with this great endeavour.

Related: Setting Your Start Up Up For Success

Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

This site is registered on as a development site. Switch to a production site key to remove this banner.