List of Grantees
The Ireland Funds are strategically placed to ensure that grant recipients utilize resources efficiently. Our grant process ensures clear objectives with measurable results. We support vital work by determining the areas with most need and working with donors where their gifts can be most effective. Examples of the 1,200+ projects we have assisted are below.
The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition
As part of our Promising Ireland Campaign, The Ireland Funds are committed to supporting Ireland’s economic recovery.
Now in its second year, The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition aims to nurture creativity and hone entrepreneurial skills amongst recent graduates and postgraduate students – the early stage entrepreneurs who will play a crucial role in getting us back on our feet.
Candidates will have an opportunity to develop their business ideas and compete for a chance to win €16,000 in cash prizes and other supports.
General Guidelines and Eligibility
The Competition is open to post-graduate students and to recent graduates (those within one year of graduation) from universities and institutes of technology in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Applications must be made online between Tues 1 Jan - Thurs 28 Feb 2013.
The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition is made possible through the generous support of William (Bill) S. McKiernan, founder of CyberSource Corporation. Bill is an online commerce pioneer who propelled CyberSource to a leading world company, processing over $100 billion each year for 300,000 customers. In 2010, CyberSource was acquired by Visa, Inc. for $2 billion. Bill is Chair of the judging panel for The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition, bringing his experience as a entrepreneur and as a judge of the Harvard University Business Plan Competition.
We are also very grateful to the following individuals, who served as judges for the inaugural Competition in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience in a wide range of industries and markets. The judging panel for the 2013 Competition will be confirmed soon so keep checking back!
- Bill McKiernan – Founder of Cybersource - Co-Chair
- Alan Foy – Blueface, Ireland’s leading cloud telephony company
- Anne O'Leary - Kinematik
- Declan Ryan - Irelandia
- Ian Hyland - Business & Finance
- Jack McDonnell – Founder of Transaction Network Services (TNS)
- Jerry Kennelly – Founder of Stockbyte and of Tweak.com
- Joanne Stuart – Director at Northern Ireland Science Park
- John Duffy – Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) Global Investment Bank
- John Hartnett – Irish Technology Leadership Group
- Marie O'Connor - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
- Marty Mannion – Summit Partners
- Moya Doherty – Tyrone Productions
- Padraic Brennan - Bank of Ireland (Business Banking Development Team)
- Rory McInerney – Intel
EventsWe are happy to come and talk to students and alumni groups whose members may be interested in applying to The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition. If you want to learn more, contact us at the details below.
Harvard University Business Plan Competition – Check out the resources listed in the far right column! http://www.hbs.edu/entrepreneurship/bplan/
The UC Berkeley Start Up Competition Resources Page – UC Berkeley operate a similar competition and have compiled numerous resources for interested applicants. http://bplan.berkeley.edu/Compete/resources.html
For more information, please contact Jordan Campbell, Programmes Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +353(0)16627878.
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Key Dates 2013
28th February - Deadline for submitting business ideas
Week of 11th March - Shortlisted teams/individuals notified
21st March - Business Model Canvas Masterclass
10th April - Pitching Masterclass
1st May - Semi-Final
18th June - The Ireland Fund Business Plan Competition Final