Four Kildare start up businesses have made the regional shortlist for National Start Up Awards 2018 powered by Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.
Design Innovation Network, Equine MediRecord, Ronnoco Style Limited and GastroLife were the Lilywhite companies to have impressed the judges.
A total of 109 companies were shortlisted across 14 categories. The competition recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business. A €15,000 prize fund is up for grabs at this year’s awards, with the overall winner set to walk away with a prize of €10,000 and the best early stage startup set to receive €5,000 to further grow and develop their businesses.
Design Innovation Network has been shortlisted in the Product & Manufacturing category in the Rest of Leinster, Equine MediRecord has been shortlisted in the Agritech, Research Spinout and Early Stage category in the Rest of Leinster, GastroLife has been shortlisted in the eCommerce and Social / Sustainable category in the Rest of Leinster and Ronnoco Style Limited has been shortlisted in the Retail & Fashion category in the Rest of Leinster.
The regional shortlist was decided by a series of regional judging panels. This regional shortlist will be judged again, to produce the national shortlist for the awards which will be announced on May 2. The national shortlist entrants will then be invited to pitch their businesses live to a national judging panel in Dublin in early May and the national awards will take place in Dublin on Thursday, 17 May.
Joe Healy, divisional manager, HPSU at Enterprise Ireland said: “Enterprise Ireland has partnered with the National Startup Awards to give businesses with global ambition the opportunity to be catapulted onto a national stage at a crucial time in their progression and development. We offer a comprehensive range of supports, including funding, mentoring and hands-on support to accelerate the growth of these start-ups in international markets. I would like to wish all the start-ups that have been shortlisted the very best of luck.”
Bank of Ireland’s David Tighe, Head of Open Enterprise and Innovation commented: “We are delighted to be involved in powering the National Startup Awards in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland. Bank of Ireland is strongly committed to developing a supportive environment in which entrepreneurs can survive, thrive and prosper. We have been very pleased with the standard of entries this year and I know the judging panel have a very difficult job in choosing the final shortlisted companies for the awards on May 17th.”
Stephen Dillon, Founder, Startups.ie added; "A big congratulations to all the companies that have made it to this stage of the competition. Starting a new business takes a huge amount of courage and hard work. The first few years can be really challenging and the National Startup Awards are here to support entrepreneurs who are investing so much of themselves to build businesses that will ultimately create employment and benefit the broader economy.”