ESB Spark of Genius Award 2014 opens for entries

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13 August 2014 | 0

Ireland’s brightest sparks are invited to compete for the ESB Spark of Genius Award at this year’s Summit (formerly Dublin Web Summit), with a prize fund of over €25,000 at stake.

The ESB Spark of Genius award focuses on high potential technology start-ups and is open to any Irish start-up which has been in operation for less than three years and has received under €1 million in funding to date.
Entrants will be judged on the uniqueness of their idea, their level of development thus far, and their potential for future growth.

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO, The Summit, said: “We have seen some amazing ideas brought to life by hugely talented people since the inception of this award and are delighted that ESB is on board once again as the partner. Winning the award is a great opportunity for start-ups and past winners are a great illustration of the road to success such an award can pave.”

Marguerite Sayers, generation manager, ESB said: “ESB is committed to innovation and technology in order to enhance the lives of all our customers as well as building a relationship with them. The ESB Spark of Genius Award creates a global platform for young Irish entrepreneurs to showcase their companies and their ideas and we are proud to sponsor this Award. Previous winners have proven that they are worthy recipients by the continued success of their technology businesses both in Ireland and internationally.”

Over 20,000 people will attend The Summit this year. Keynote speakers include Paypal founder Peter Thiel, Dropbox founder Drew Houston and Evernote CEO Phil Libin.

Applications are open until 29 August. A shortlist of 30 finalists will be announced on 3 September with all contestants pitching their business plans to the panel of judges at a base camp on 17 September with the three finalists announced at the end of the day. The winner will be announced at The Summit on 4 November.

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