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Up to 1,000 firms will battle for Bank of Ireland Startup Awards

Sarah Stack

Published 19/06/2014|14:27

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19/06/2014 NO REPRO FEE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN. Pictured at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards are Gerry Prizeman, Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland; Damien English, TD and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; leading Irish entrepreneur, Dragon’s Den and Startup Awards judge Gavin Duffy and Stephen Dillon, Founder of Startups.ie. Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2014 launched Bank of Ireland today, Thursday, June 19th 2014, launched the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2014 at an event in its Enterprise Lounge on Grafton Street in Dublin. This is the first year the Bank is sponsoring the awards which are open to startup companies across Ireland. The awards launch was attended by Damien English, TD and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and leading Irish entrepreneur, Dragon’s Den and Startup Awards judge Gavin Duffy. The awards recognise and reward Irish startups for their success in business both at home and abroad across a range of sectors including digital, food and drink, retail, social enterprise and export businesses. This year startup companies can enter the awards on their own behalf or can be nominated by a friend or colleague. Also new to the awards this year are regional finals which will take place across Dublin, the rest of Leinster, Munster and Connacht/Ulster.  Regional winners will be shortlisted for the national final taking place in autumn 2014 in Dublin. Clare O’Riordan| Group Communications| Bank of Ireland Mespil Road| Ground Floor | 40 Mespil Road | Dublin 4. T: +353 76 623 4772 | M: +353 87 216 5983. PIC: NO FEE MAXWELLS.
Pictured at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards are Gerry Prizeman, Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland; Damien English, TD and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; leading Irish entrepreneur, Dragon’s Den and Startup Awards judge Gavin Duffy and Stephen Dillon, Founder of Startups.ie. Photo: Maxwells

UP to 1,000 new firms are expected to battle it out for 15 accolades and a prize-package worth €100,000.

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The Bank of Ireland Startup Awards recognise Irish startups for their success in business both at home and abroad across a range of sectors.

Run by Stephen Dillon of Startups.ie, he aims to double the 500 entrants nominated last year when the winners included Allogen Biotech and Irish Homemade Soap Company.

"The strength of the award is that we get a really wide spectrum of entrants from all aspects of the Irish startup community, from craft and homebase businesses to global tech companies," he said.

"The background for the whole thing is that being a startup can be quite lonely, it can be difficult, they've often left a job and secure environment and they make mistakes and learn as they go.

"This is an opportunity to acknowledge the risk they have taken and give them encouragement and exposure."

Sole traders, partnerships and Irish companies in business for three years or less with up to 30 employees can be nominated via www.startupaward.ie before Friday, August 15.

It is open to all sectors including digital, food and drink, retail, social enterprise and export businesses.

The Irish Independent is a media partner with the awards, to be presented in October.

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