About the Awards

Take the first step to business success

Are you a third level student with a business idea that will blow our minds? If you have an idea with real commercial potential then the Student Entrepreneur Awards is the competition for you. It could be the first step on the way to being your own boss.

There’s an incredible first place cash prize of €10,000 to be won plus the opportunity to avail of €30,000 worth of specialist advice and assistance to potentially help turn your enterprise idea into a business reality. So get a team together for the most exciting challenge of your life so far…

Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Intel, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys and Grant Thornton, the Student Entrepreneur Awards offers third level students from all academic disciplines and courses of study the opportunity to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions.

 

CONNECT TO THE POWER OF THE STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

“Events such as the Student Entrepreneur Awards gives young entrepreneurs a viable pathway for realising their world changing ideas and visions. For myself and many more like me, this vehicle has enabled the nurturing of over 22 start-ups, 4 of which have attained the title of a High Potential Start-up (10 new employees and €1,000,000 in export revenue within 3 years) – that is the real potential of young entrepreneurs and the power of the Student Entrepreneur Awards.” Myles Murray, CEO, PMD Solutions, Student Entrepeneur Awards Finalist 2010

 

5 reasons to enter

1. Cash to fund your start-up business
€35,000 in cash prizes with the overall winner receiving €10,000.

2. Consultancy to develop your business idea
Support, advice and mentoring worth €30,000.

3. Helps you to stand out
In today’s competitive employment and commercial markets, taking part in this prestigious awards demonstrates the skills, commitment and innovation employers and investors seek.

4. Opportunity to become an entrepreneur
Be your own boss with unique support from the Student Entrepreneur Awards.

5. A potential career
Previous winners are now working with world-leading organisations

 

Entering is easy

The first stage is to submit a video, telling us all about your great idea. Keep it short and make it memorable. If your project is shortlisted you’ll need to develop a business plan that shows the judges your business idea is viable, well thought out and well researched.

 

Before you submit your idea

Brainstorming is a great way to test your idea and make it even stronger. Brainstorming sessions will be held in third level institutions throughout Ireland. To find out more about your local session go to the contact section.

 

Dates to Remember

The 2017 competition is now closed.

  • First round closing date – Friday 17th March 2017
  • Top 50 entries shortlisted announced – Monday 3rd April 2017
  • Closing date for submission of business plan by shortlisted top 50 – Friday 28th April 2017
  • 10 finalists announced – Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Final and closing ceremony, CIT – Wed 7th June & Thursday 8th June 2017

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