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The Student Entrepreneur Awards

Realising the potential of young entrepreneurs for over 40 years

The Student Entrepreneur Awards is at the forefront of developing entrepreneurship, giving young entrepreneurs a viable pathway to transform their smart ideas into commercial businesses. This is more than a business competition and can span across all faculties. It aims to stimulate entrepreneurship and to encourage students to start their own business. The competition is a great opportunity for ambitious and enterprising third level students to build a real-world business venture.

The sponsors, Enterprise Ireland, Cruickshank, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Office, bring their expertise to the competition to support entrepreneurs in developing viable businesses and creating jobs. They provide expert guidance in areas such as intellectual property, market research, finances and technology development.

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How to Enter

Discover the Path: Access the complete guide on entering and succeeding – Explore our Brochure here. 

Stage 1

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

The top 50 entries are shortlisted and asked to submit a business plan.

Stage 3

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.


Please check out the competition timeline below

January - March

Call for video applications

March - April

Competition closes and entries evaluated


Top 50 submit a business plan


Top 10 finalists announced


Awards and winners announced 

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