The regional shortlist for the National Startup Awards, powered by Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, was announced yesterday, with 109 companies shortlisted across 14 categories. The competition recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business.
A €15,000 prize fund is up for grabs at this year’s awards, with the overall winner set to walk away with a prize of €10,000 and the best early stage startup set to receive €5,000 to further grow and develop their businesses.
The regional shortlist was decided by a series of regional judging panels. This regional shortlist will be judged again, to produce the national shortlist for the awards which will be announced on May 2nd. The national shortlist entrants will then be invited to pitch their businesses live to a national judging panel in Dublin in early May and the national awards will take place in Dublin on Thursday, 17th May, 2018. A full list of regional finalists can be seen on www.startupawards.ie.
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 / 3rd Level
13. Best Startup Ecosystem – [Public Vote]
14. Early Stage Startup - 2 years from date of incorporation [€5K cash prize]
• Grand Prix - Best of Category [€10K cash prize]
• Startup Hero – [Chosen by Organisers]
Speaking this week, Founder at Startups.ie, Stephen Dillon said, "A big congratulations to all the companies that have made it to this stage of the competition. Starting a new business takes a huge amount of courage and hard work. The first few years can be really challenging and the National Startup Awards are here to support entrepreneurs who are investing so much of themselves to build businesses that will ultimately create employment and benefit the broader economy."