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19th Sep 2014

Are You Ireland’s Brightest Start-Up? The AIB Start-Up Academy Wants You!

Could you be selected to join the AIB Start-up Academy?

Fancy yourself as the next Steve Jobs? Maybe you’ve got the winning ticket to being a millionaire?

The AIB Start-Up Academy is launching a search for Ireland’s brightest start-up, in association with The Irish Times.

AIB are on the lookout for start-up entries, where ten finalists will be selected this November to take part in an eight week training programme with some of Ireland’s best business minds.

As well as the eight week training module, one lucky winner will bag themselves the overall prize, consisting of:

  • €50,000 print and online advertising spend with The Irish Times and
  • €90,000 advertising spend across &
  • Profiling on & for 12 months
  • Mentoring from an AIB Sector Specialist  and finance meetings with AIB SME Specialist
  • Digital & Social mentoring with AIB Head of Digital & Innovation
  • Brand mentoring with AIB Brand Director
  • Media workshop  from The Irish Times’ Editorial team
  • Office space in The Irish Times building for a year
  • Mentorship from successful entrepreneur Niall McGarry, owner of Maximum Media (creator of Joe/
  • One-to-one coaching programme
  • Full day PR crash course
  • One Day Digital & Social Training programme

To enter please complete and submit the online application form here.  The closing date for entries is midnight, Friday 24th October 2014.

The 8 week training module will begin on the 26th of January 2015 in Dublin City Centre.

Ken Burke, Head of Business Banking at AIB said

“The AIB Start up Academy competition is a fantastic opportunity for Irish start ups to develop and promote their businesses and I would encourage start ups at any stage to apply. AIB is the number one bank for start ups in Ireland. We understand that entrepreneurship is vital to the Irish economy and the AIB Start up Academy is part of our on-going work to foster and cultivate start ups across the country.”

To be eligible to enter, you must be over the age of 18, resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a business with revenue (not profit) of less than €400,000 per annum that has been in operation for less than 36 months.