The deadline for Fingal students from third level institutions with an innovative business idea, technology or solution to apply to this year's 39th Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards, co-sponsored by Cruickshank, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Offices passed last Friday and the selection of finalists is underway.
Finalists will be selected to compete for several awards such as the Cruickshank Intellectual Property High Achieving Merit Award, the Grant Thornton Emerging Business Award and the Local Enterprise Office ICT Award.
The overall winner will share in a €35,000 prize fund and receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of their concept. The winners will also share in a €30,000 consultancy fund that will enable them to turn their ideas into a commercial reality.
Richard Murphy, Manager of LEO Support, Policy & Co-ordination Unit, Enterprise Ireland said: 'For close to forty years, the Student Entrepreneur Awards have been a hot bed for entrepreneurship in Ireland. Last year's awards attracted 1,000 high quality, innovative entries that identified challenges across a range of sectors and provided solutions to overcome them.
Nurturing this talent and helping to foster that entrepreneurship is essential in driving Ireland's global reputation in business. We are looking to support great ideas with fast growing export potential and if you have an idea with a strong commercial focus then the Student Entrepreneur Awards is the right competition for you. It could be the first step on the way to becoming a business leader in 2020.'