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STUDENT
ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

TURN YOUR SMART IDEA
INTO A GREAT BUSINESS

Apply Now

Are you a third level student with an innovative business idea with real commercial value? The Student Entrepreneur Awards could help you realise your entrepreneurial ambitions.

Reasons to Compete

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Opportunity to
become an entrepreneur
Students can create the
businesses they want to
work in with unique
support from the Student
Entrepreneur Awards.
Helps students<br />stand out icon image
Helps students
stand out
Taking part in this prestigious
award demonstrates the
commitment to innovation
employers and investors seek.
Cash to fund your <br />start-up business icon image
Cash to fund your
start-up business
€35,000 in cash prizes
with the overall winner
receiving €10,000.
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Expert advice
and mentoring
Support, advice
and mentoring.

Awards

Overall Winner
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€10,000
Cash
Cruickshank High Achieving Merit Award
€5,000
Cash
Grant Thornton High Achieving Merit Award
€5,000
Cash
Local Enterprise Office ICT Award
€5,000
Cash
Enterprise Ireland Merit Awards Fund
6 runner-up awards of €1,500
1 academic award of €1,000
€10,000

How to Enter

Stage 1
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Students create a two minute video that showcases their great ideas, highlighting commercial and export potential. The videos are submitted via an online entry form.
Stage 2
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The top 50 entries are shortlisted and asked to submit a business plan.
Stage 3
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Ten projects go forward to the final where they present their ideas to the judging panel. This session concludes with the Student Entrepreneur Awards ceremony.

Who can participate

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.

Read More - see page 4 of Brochure
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TimeLine

        Nov - March       icon
Nov - March
Call for video applications

        March - April
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March - April
Competition closes and entries evaluated

        April
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April
Top 50 submit a business plan

        May
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May
Top 10 finalists announced

        June
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June
Awards and winners announced

2020 Winners

FAQs

Want to learn more about the Student Entrepreneur Awards?
We've put together a list of answers to the questions we get asked the most.