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, Cruickshank, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Office, the Student Entrepreneur Awards offers third level students from all academic disciplines and courses of study the opportunity to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions.

Who can enter the competition?

The Student Entrepreneur Awards are open to full-time registered third level undergraduate and postgraduate students on the island of Ireland. Entries can be from individuals or teams. Joint entries from different colleges are eligible but if the entry gets to the final stage one college must take the lead.

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 26 start-ups, 5 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

Reasons to enter

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

2. Expert advice and mentoring
Support, advice and mentoring worth €30,000.

3. Helps students stand out
Taking part in this prestigious award demonstrates the commitment to innovation employers and investors seek.

4. Opportunity to become an entrepreneur
Students can create the businesses they want to work in with unique support from the Student Entrepreneur Awards.

Entering is easy

The first stage is to produce a two minute video about your business idea, telling us all about your great idea by 5pm Friday 13th March 2020. 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. You can find out more about about how to enter and submitting a link to the video on the How to Enter page

Before you submit your idea

The Enterprise Ireland team will be coming to your college throughout the academic year before the competition closes. To find out more about your local session go to the contact section.

Dates to Remember

6pm, Friday 13th March 2020
Closing Date for two minute video submission

Friday 10th April 2020
Top 50 call backs requested to submit business plans

Friday 1st May 2020
Deadline for Top 50 Business Plans

Friday 22nd May 2020
Top 10 finalists Announced

11th June 2020
Students exhibit and present to the Judges at NUI Galway

12th June 2020
Winner announced and closing ceremony at NUI Galway