Ireland’s best start-ups to compete for €25,000 ESB fund at Web Summit

13 Aug 2014

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) and Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and founder of The Web Summit (in glasses to the left of Kenny), at The Web Summit 2013

The ESB is giving some of the Ireland’s leading hi-tech start-ups the chance to compete for a €25,000 prize fund at The Web Summit this year, as part of the Spark of Genius award.

The award focuses on high-potential technology start-ups and is open to any Irish start-up that has been in operation for less than three years and has received fewer than €1m in funding to date. Entrants will be judged on the uniqueness of their idea, their level of development thus far, and their potential for future growth.

After the application process finishes on Friday, 29 August, 30 finalists will be announced on 3 September. Those finalists will then again face a judging panel, who will whittle the 30 down to three on 17 September.

The final overall winner will be revealed to a worldwide audience at The Summit in Dublin on 4 November.

“We have seen some amazing ideas brought to life by hugely talented people since the inception of this award and are delighted that ESB is on board once again as the partner,” said CEO and founder of The Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave.

“Winning the award is a great opportunity for start-ups and past winners are a great illustration of the road to success such an award can pave.”

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic