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Internet heavyweights and local heroes line up behind prize for best internet start-up

Dublin internet consultancy iQ Content today announced the panel of judges for its internet start-up competition, the iQ Prize. Global heavyweights Google, Microsoft and Facebook are all represented on the judging panel, alongside local internet heroes Daft, Statcounter and Loudervoice.

A small glimmer of hope on an otherwise grim economic landscape, the iQ Prize has captured the imagination of the Irish tech business scene since it launched at the end of March.

With five days to go to the deadline, 63 entries have already been submitted. More than 7,000 people have visited the iQprize.ie website.

“The iQ Prize represents exactly the kind of support and encouragement that people with great ideas need,” said judge and founder of tech firm LouderVoice, Conor O’Neill.

Asked why he got involved, O’Neill said: “I'm obsessed with wanting to see Irish start-ups succeed, because a sustained economic recovery will only happen in this country from the bottom up.”

O’Neill is one of 6 judges who will adjudicate the prize. iQ Content Managing Director Morgan McKeagney will also sit on the panel, but in a non-executive capacity.

The judges are:

- Aodhan Cullen, founder & CEO, StatCounter
- Colm Long, Head of Online Operations (EMEA), Facebook
- Conor O’Neill, co-founder & CEO, LouderVoice
- Eamonn Fallon, co-founder & CEO, Daft.ie
- Gail Power, Senior Manager, Google
- Martha Rotter, Internet Evangelist, Microsoft

McKeagney said: "We're delighted to have such a great roster of judges for the iQ Prize - it's a testament to the wealth of entrepreneurial and web business talent here in Ireland. Each one has a real passion for this industry, and they all really want to see the best business plan win."

The iQ Prize is an open competition for the best business plan for an internet start-up, with a no-strings-attached grand prize of 10,000 euro. Potential applicants still have until May 12th to send in a brief 5-page business plan to show that they have what it takes to turn their idea into a great online business.

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Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to present their business plans in person to the judging panel. The winner will be announced at an event in Dublin in early July.

For more details on the prize, visit www.iqprize.ie

To enter: iqprize.ie/submit-your-entry/

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