This is the second year that the Bank is sponsoring the awards which are open to start-up companies across Ireland.
This year there are 11 award categories which recognise and reward Irish startups for their success in business across a range of sectors including digital, food and drink, retail and technology. The awards also include a Grand Prix award for the startup of the year and a Startup Hero award. Last year there was over 750 entries for the awards, the winner of the Grand Prix award was Agile Networks and the Irish Biz Party won the Startup Hero Award, highlighting the many different companies across all sectors that enter the awards.
Meanwhile, a new category has been added to the awards to recognise the significant contribution made by those who come to Ireland to set up their business – the Overseas Startup Setting Up in Ireland Award.
Companies can enter the awards on their own behalf or can be nominated by a friend or colleague. Again this year there will be four regional finals which will take place across Dublin, the rest of Leinster, Munster and Connacht/Ulster. Regional winners will be shortlisted for the national final taking place in Dublin in the November.
The closing date for entries into the awards is Thursday, 17th September and regional finalists will be announced on Thursday, 15 October with the national gala final taking place in Dublin in Thursday November 12th Further information on the awards will also be available via the Bank of Ireland Twitter account @BOIbusiness and a dedicated hashtag has been created for the event #boistartupawards.