€50,000 up for grabs in Newbridge 200 competition

The Newbridge 200 Business Start-up Competition, which is part of the bicentenary celebrations taking place in the town throughout the year, is open to all businesses that have commenced trading in the last year or are thinkg about setting up.

The Newbridge 200 Business Start-up Competition, which is part of the bicentenary celebrations taking place in the town throughout the year, is open to all businesses that have commenced trading in the last year or are thinkg about setting up.

Festival Chairman David O’Reilly described the Business Start-up programme and competition as ‘bringing the business community together in a way that capitalises on its combined talents’.

“The Business Start-up programme and competition encapsulates what Newbridge 200 is all about,” he said, “It draws on our collective experience, fosters the significant talents and potential of local entrepreneurs and brings the business community together in a way that capitalises on its combined talents”.

Seán Gallagher, the entrepreneur, formerly of Dragon’s Den, an accomplished expert in innovation and enterprise will launch the competition on Tuesday May 22 at Newbridge Credit Union at 8pm. This competition is part of the Newbridge 200 celebrations taking place this year and is supported by O’Kelly Sutton Business Advisers.

The prize fund of €50,000 covers professional services, which will enable the winning entry to develop and grow their business. Five finalists will be chosen by the end of August 2012. The competition final will take place at a gala evening in September 2012 with the finalists making a 10 minute presentation on why their idea should win. The prize, a €50,000 support package, includes accounting, HR, IT, branding as well as a support package from Enterprise Ireland, Kildare County Enterprise Board and AIB. Interested businesses can register at the launch.