Last call for entries for the 2013 ESB Spark of Genius Award

Last call for entries for the 2013 ESB Spark of Genius Award €25,000 Cash Prize for Ireland’s Brightest Spark at Web Summit

The deadline has been extended for entries for the 2013 ESB Spark of Genius Award at this year’s Web Summit. Applications are now open until Wednesday, 2nd October at 6.00pm.  Details can be found on www.websummit.net/spark-of-genius. The shortlist of 30 finalists will then be announced on October 11th.

Now in its fourth year, the competition will see the shortlisted 30 Irish technology companies battle it out to win a cash prize of €25,000 plus a fund of services.

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 3 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.

Two rounds of pitching will take place during the Web Summit with the grand final playing out on the Main Stage in front of an audience of thousands of leading international start-ups and technology investors.

Previous winners have included Datahug, who have raised €6million from Salesforce, DFJ and others since winning the coveted prize in 2010, and Smartthings who have raised €3million since their win in 2012.

Almost 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Dublin Web Summit. Keynote speakers include the founders or CEO’s of Box, Evernote, AOL, Palantir, Skype, Gilt, WordPress and over 250 others. Tickets are available from www.websummit.net

The last call for entries for the 2013 ESB Spark of Genius Award is 6.00pm on Wednesday, 2nd October.

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