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The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition 2018 for Irish-based early-stage technology entrepreneurs.

Application Deadline: May 25th 2018

The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition, now in its seventh year, seeks to nurture creativity and hone entrepreneurial skills amongst Irish-based early-stage technology entrepreneurs.

The Ireland Funds has partnered with NDRC to help you bring your idea from concept to pitch. Applications will be accepted until noon on Wednesday, 25th April 2018. Ten business ideas will then be selected to receive mentoring and support from NDRC through a series of workshops during May and June, with the opportunity to compete to pitch for a place on one of NDRC’s investment programmes, €16,000 in prize money and other supports.

First prize

The opportunity to pitch for a place on one of NDRC’s investment programmes along with  €10,000 cash prize. NDRC is Ireland’s most successful digital accelerator, specifically designed to enable entrepreneurial teams transform solid ideas into commercially viable startups.

Runner-up prizes 

€5,000 cash prize (first runner-up)
€1,000 cash prize (second runner-up)

All finalists will receive detailed feedback on their business ideas and pitches from the NDRC Venture Investment Team and Judging Panel.

Eligibility Requirements:

The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition is open to anyone resident in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland at pre-investment stage. Specifically we are looking for three things:

  • A technology/digital proposition
  • Global scalability potential
  • Team (must be more than one person)
  • Should be at pre-seed stage


General Guidelines 

Applicants must apply online by noon on Wednesday, 25th May 2018 at www.ndrc.ie

Applicants should be part of a team (more than one person). There are no limits as to the number of members each team may have, however teams may only select up to three participants to complete the workshop days.

The competition is open to anyone resident in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at pre-investment stage.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition 2018

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