The National Startup Awards powered by Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland were officially launched today by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, TD. The competition recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 15 categories.
It is open to companies and organisations across all sectors which have been operational for up to 5 years. There are three key stages to the competition with qualifying entries first shortlisted by region and then nationally. To enter or nominate someone for a National Startup Award visit www.startupawards.ie and submit your application by Thursday 22 March. 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 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, 17th May, 2018.
Speaking about the National Startup Awards 2018, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD said, "The start-up ecosystem is the backbone of the regional economy in this country and I am delighted to launch these awards that recognise the success of Ireland’s entrepreneurs."
Bank of Ireland’s David Tighe, Head of Open Enterprise and Innovation added, "We are delighted to be involved in powering the National Startup Awards in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland. Bank of Ireland is strongly committed to developing a supportive environment in which entrepreneurs can survive, thrive and prosper."