€15,000 prize fund up for grabs at National Startup Awards
22 February 2018
L-R: Minister Heather Humphreys; David Tighe, Bank of Ireland; Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland; and Stephen Dillion, founder, startups.ie
The National Startup Awards, a competition that recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 15 categories, have been launched by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys. The overall winner will walk away with a prize of €10,000 and the best early stage startup will receive €5,000 to further grow and develop their businesses.
The competition, now in its seventh year and supported by Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, is open to companies and organisations across all sectors which have been operational for up to five years. There are three key stages to the competition with qualifying entries first shortlisted by region and then nationally.
Entry is free, and up to 30 employees
To enter or nominate someone for a National Startup Award visit www.startupawards.ie and submit your application by Thursday, March 22. Entry is free and is open to sole traders, partnerships and companies that have been set up in Ireland and that are in business for five years from date of incorporation or less at the closing date, with up to 30 employees.
The awards judging committee will comprise representatives from Bank of Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and leading Irish entrepreneurs. The regional finals will take place during April with the national awards taking place in Dublin on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Stephen Dillon, founder, Startups.ie said: “The first few years in any business are by far the toughest and we believe that it is really important to give startups as much support and encouragement as possible at this early stage.
“The National Startup Awards represents a fantastic opportunity for companies to showcase their businesses and gain valuable national & international exposure. Last year we received a high volume of entries and met some truly inspirational entrepreneurs, we very much look forward to meeting this year’s entrants. I would like to wish all the startups taking part the very best of luck”.
Startup Awards 2018 categories
1. Emerging Tech Startup
2. Fintech Startup
3. Agritech Startup
4. Travel & Tourism Startup
5. Food & Drink Startup
6. Social/Sustainable Startup
7. Product & Manufacturing Startup
8. eCommerce Startup
9. Retail & Fashion Startup
10. Tech Startup
11. Research Spinout/third Level
12. Best Startup Ecosystem – [public vote]
13. Early Stage Startup – two years from date of incorporation [€5,000 cash prize]
14. Grand Prix – Best of Category [€10,000 cash prize]
15. Startup Hero – [Chosen by Organisers]
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