Student Entrepreneur Awards

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Enterprise Ireland’s 42nd Student Entrepreneur Awards competition is open for applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students from across Ireland’s third-level institutions.

Enterprise Ireland is inviting students from third-level institutions across the country who have an innovative business idea with real commercial potential to apply to this year’s Student Entrepreneur Awards competition.

This year celebrates the 42nd year of the Student Entrepreneur Awards, which aim to encourage students with entrepreneurial ambitions from all academic disciplines to explore starting their own business as a career option.

The overall winner of the Student Entrepreneur Awards competition will receive a prize of €10,000 and mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to support them to develop the commercial viability of their concept. Other award winners will also receive expert advice and mentoring support from Enterprise Ireland, as well as sponsorship to help them turn their entrepreneurial ideas into reality.

University College Cork student Annie Madden, co-founder of FenuHealth, won Enterprise Ireland’s 2022 Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Her company develops 100% natural products designed to prevent and resolve stomach problems in horses and ponies.

Student Entrepreneur Awards

Richard Murphy, Manager Local Enterprise Offices Support, Policy & Co-ordination Unit, Enterprise Ireland said:

“Since its inception over four decades ago, the Student Entrepreneur Awards have provided young, ambitious entrepreneurs with the opportunity to showcase their innovative business ideas. Every year, we receive over 1,000 entries from third-level students from across the country. We continue to be inspired by the high-calibre entries which are a testament to the emphasis that our higher-level institutes place on entrepreneurship. The awards are a stepping-stone to success for Ireland’s future business leaders and many past participants have excelled in entrepreneurship on both national and international levels. I’d encourage all third-level students to enter the awards now and start out on the journey to realising your entrepreneurial ambitions.”

The closing date for Student Entrepreneur Award entries is Thursday, 16th March 2023. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, 9 June 2023.

Entries to the Student Entrepreneur Awards 2023 can be made via is Ireland’s largest independent for courses in Ireland. We list full-time and part-time courses of all types so that you can find the best course for you.

Steven Galvin

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