Student Entrepreneurs

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. 

Budding entrepreneurs take note: the Student Entrepreneur Awards are open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from across Ireland’s third level institutions with €35,000 prize fund up for grabs. Students from across third level institutions nationwide with innovative business ideas that could have a commercial impact are being invited to apply to this year’s Student Entrepreneur Awards. The awards, which are organised by Enterprise Ireland and which are co-sponsored by Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Offices.

The overall winner will share in a €35,000 prize fund and receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of their concept. The award winners will also receive expert advice and mentoring support from Enterprise Ireland and the programme sponsors to help them turn their ideas into a commercial reality.

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Why apply to the Student Entrepreneur Awards

Opportunity to become an entrepreneur

Students can create the businesses they want to work in with unique support from the Student Entrepreneur Awards.

Helps Students Stand out

Taking part in this prestigious award demonstrates the commitment to innovation employers and investors seek.

Cash to fund your start-up business

Cash prizes available 

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