Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys officially launched the applications for the National Startup Awards 2018 today (Thursday, February 22).
Powered by Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, the competition, now in its seventh year, recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 15 categories, which includes Agritech Startup; Food and Drink Startup; and Social/Sustainable Startup. The overall winner will walk away with a prize of €10k and the best early-stage startup will receive €5k to further grow and develop their businesses.
Speaking about the National Startup Awards 2018, Minister Humphreys said: “The start-up ecosystem is the backbone of the regional economy in this country. In 2017, my Department, through Enterprise Ireland, supported 181 innovative start-ups from right across the country from a range of sectors. It is encouraging to see the diversity within the Irish start-up community, and I wish every entrant the best of luck.”
Providing support and an environment that allows start-ups and entrepreneurs with global ambition to prosper, is a key priority, said Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland. “Entrepreneurship is fundamental to the national and regional economy and job creation, and I encourage ambitious start-ups to submit their applications in the coming weeks.”
The competition 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. To enter or nominate someone for a National Startup Award visit www.startupawards.ie and submit your application by Thursday, March 22.
The regional finals will take place during April with the national Awards taking place in Dublin on Thursday, May 17, 2018.