The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition for Recent Graduates

The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition 2016 opened for entries on Monday, March 7th. Now in its fifth year, this competition invites students and recent graduates from Ireland and Northern Ireland to submit their business ideas for a chance to win €10,000. It will also provide mentoring and further support for the winning idea. Applicants can apply online until April 7th.

The aim of the Business Plan Competition is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs by helping them to develop the skills required to succeed in business. The competition is open to under-graduates, post-graduates and recent graduates (within two years of graduation) in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Existing startups are eligible to enter, as long as the applicants themselves meet the above criteria.

“As always, we’re looking for innovative business ideas from Ireland’s early stage entrepreneurs for our competition,” said Caitriona Fottrell, Vice President and Director Ireland, The Ireland Funds. “Convince us that your business idea is the next big thing and we’ll provide you with training and support to help you both develop and pitch your idea. This competition has attracted extremely impressive and creative ideas in the past and we look forward to receiving a wide variety of applications again this year,” she said.

Up to 10 individuals or teams will be selected and given the chance to bring their business ideas from concept to pitch, receiving mentoring and feedback throughout the process. At the final on June 22nd, a panel of leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from Ireland and the US will review the finalists’ business plans and select the winners. The winner will receive €10,000, whilst two runners up will receive €5,000 and €1,000 respectively.

Applications can be submitted online at by April 7th 2016.


For further information, please contact:

Martha Hayes                                              Rebecca Bury

The Ireland Funds                                        Stillwater Communications

T: 01 16627878                                            T: 01 677 0630

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