The 2017 BOI Startup Awards have kicked off and the Blueface team are delighted to announce our support of the programme. 2017 is the 5th edition of the awards which have seen over 2,500 businesses enter since their establishment across a broad range of categories, from service and export to food, digital and beyond.
The Startup Awards are a means of recognising the success of the startup sector in Ireland and the significant contribution in terms of revenue and employment it makes to the economy. There is a definite and valuable entrepreneurial ethos across the island of Ireland. At Blueface we are aware of how important that is and we’re proud to be involved with an awards programme which promotes this and celebrates the excellence of those who contribute to it.
Entries to the awards are now open until March 27th to organisations up to three years old. Entries will be reviewed across a number of criteria before a shortlist of finalists is announced in April.
The deserving finalists will test their mettle by presenting their business before a judging panel to decide who will take home the individual category winners and the overall grand prix trophies on awards night. This year, the Startup Awards has also partnered with the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative supported by the European Commission which pits the best startups from across the continent against each other. All category winners of the 2017 BOI Startup Awards will be eligible to progress and represent Ireland.
If your business is eligible, I would sincerely encourage you to enter. Aside from a not insignificant prize pool for the grand prix winner there are plenty of benefits for all of the entrants. The awards and their finalists garner national exposure through media partners Irish Independent. There are also offers available from each sponsor, including 3 months of free Blueface service for each entrant.
If nothing else, it will encourage you to review and discuss your business with like minded people and give you the opportunity to network with those in a similar stage of their company’s life cycle, share experiences and potentially start new business relationships.
We’re eager to meet the people behind startups from across the country and hear their stories. We’re also looking forward to working with each of the sponsors supporting the initiative, such as Enterprise Ireland, to recognise the role of the startup sector.
You can click here to enter the 2017 BOI Startup Awards, best of luck.