Start-ups and early stage companies urged to enter Seedcorn competition

The largest business competition of its kind, InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition offers a total cash prize fund of €280,000, with €100,000 earmarked for the overall winner.

Since its inception in 2003, the total awarded to innovative companies stands at €4.5 million.

As well as the chance to win a substantial cash prize, entrants will benefit from guidance, advice and feedback from business experts, investors and other entrepreneurs through a series of business planning workshops and mentorship support throughout the competition. 

Previous Seedcorn finalists from Cork includes ARQ Asset Solutions who was crowned ‘New Start’ regional winner for Munster last year.

Shane O’Hanlon, Funding for Growth Manager, InterTradeIreland, joined Jennifer McMahon, Principal, Seroba Life Sciences and Seedcorn judge to encourage new and early stage businesses to accelerate their growth by entering the 2019 Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. (Pic: Fennell Photography)

InterTradeIreland will host two free workshops in Cork at the end of the month aimed at helping those who are considering applying for this year’s Seedcorn competition to prepare their entries. 

The venues on April 30th are: Rubicon Centre, Bishopstown (9.30am) and University College Cork (11am).

While in Waterford on Monday, April 29th the venue is the South East Business & Innovation Centre, Waterford at 2pm.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 31 May at 13:00.