Monday 29 August 2016

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

Published 19/06/2014 | 14:27

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
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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