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Student Awards

If you're a third level student with a business idea that has real commercial potential then the Student Entrepreneur Awards is the competition for you. It could be the first step on the way to being your own boss.

Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Office, the Student Entrepreneur Awards offers third level students from all academic disciplines and courses of study the opportunity to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions.

There’s an incredible first place cash prize of €10,000 to be won plus the opportunity to avail of €30,000 worth of specialist advice and assistance to potentially help turn your enterprise idea into a business reality. So get a team together for the most exciting challenge of your life so far.


1. Cash to fund your start-up business
€35,000 in cash prizes with the overall winner receiving €10,000.

2. Consultancy to develop your business idea
Support, advice and mentoring worth €30,000.

3. Helps you to stand out
In today’s competitive employment and commercial markets, taking part in this prestigious awards demonstrates the skills, commitment and innovation employers and investors seek.

4. Opportunity to become an entrepreneur
Be your own boss with unique support from the Student Entrepreneur Awards.

5. A potential career
Previous winners are now working with world-leading organisations


The first stage is to produce a 3 minute/180 second video about your business idea, telling us all about your great idea by 5pm Friday 8th March 2019. Keep it short and make it memorable. If your project is shortlisted you’ll need to develop a business plan that shows the judges your business idea is viable, well thought out and well researched. You can find out more about  about how to enter and submitting a link to the video on the How to Enter page

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