Startup Awards open for entries for €50,000 prize fund

3 Apr 2012

Stephen Dillon, founder of; Anne O'Leary, Business and Enterprise director for Vodafone Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD; and Bobby Kerr, chairman, Insomnia Coffee Company and dragon on 'Dragons' Den'

Early stage ventures and sole traders have until 12 April to get their entries in for the 2012 Startup Awards, which have a €50,000 prize fund up for grabs.

Sole traders, partnerships and companies operating in the Republic of Ireland that have been in business for three years or less and have 30 employees or less as of 1 March 2012 are eligible to enter the Startup Awards.

There are 15 categories, with a total prize fund worth €50,000. The closing date for entries is Thursday, 12 April at 6pm.

Stephen Dillion, founder of, said the awards are all about recognising young, exciting, entrepreneurial Irish companies across all sectors of the economy.

The winners of the awards, which are being run in association with Vodafone, will be announced on 24 May in Dublin.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic