Limerick medical entrepreneur Chris Kelly had plenty of cause for celebration this week when he landed the keys to a brand new, taxed and insured car after becoming a Nissan Generation Next ambassador.
Chris (20) based in the Nexus Innovation Centre in UL, fended off competition from over 1,000 applicants to secure one of eleven places that were up for grabs on the prestigious ambassador programme which helps people to get ahead with the backing and support of Nissan.
His success follows a three week public vote where over 100,000 votes were cast online for 20 finalists. The Limerick man ran an energetic campaign, receiving huge support from family, friends and supporters across the county.
Each ambassador was given the choice of a brand new, taxed and insured car from Nissan’s award winning fleet to drive for a year and Chris selected the Nissan Pulsar as the car best suited to helping him to take his business to the next level of success.
Chris is on a mission to improve patient care in hospitals worldwide. His company, Pinpoint Innovations, has developed a patient tracking system that monitors the flow, efficiency and utilisation rates of operating theatres in hospitals.
His company has partnered with the Perioperative Care team in the University Hospital Limerick and is piloting its first product, Xsonor, over the next six months. It plans to move to five other hospital locations across Ireland and to close out a round of seed investment before the end of the year and to scale the company into the U.K. late next year.
Pinpoint currently employs six people and is hoping to double that number over the coming months.
“I am delighted to become a Nissan Generation Next ambassador and to drive away with a new Nissan Pulsar. The car will make a massive difference to my business, helping me to attend meetings around the country as we work to expand our operations and to overcome the challenge of delivering and installing tracking devices,” said Chris.
“The equipment we need to transport ranges from wearable devices, charging cabinets, laptops and mapping devices. Our Nissan Pulsar means that we no longer have to rely on couriers and it puts us within easy reach of any new hospital location. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and I’m really looking forward to developing my business with Nissan’s support,” he added.
Chris’s passion for delivering better, more efficient care to patients, not just in Ireland but around the world was recognised by Nissan when he applied to the Nissan Generation Next ambassador programme.
“Chris is an exceptional entrepreneur who shares Nissan’s commitment to excellence and innovation. We are delighted to welcome him to the Nissan Generation Next ambassador programme and to supply him with an award winning Nissan Pulsar so that he can drive his business to the next level,” said local Nissan dealer, Pat Tiernan, Dealer Principal, Pat Tiernan Motors, Limerick.