Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition


Competition aimed at early and new start companies who want to raise equity - a maximum prize fund of €280,000 is available.

Eligibility criteria: 

The competition is aimed at:

  • Independent ventures (from Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland) incorporated in the seed, start-up or the early stages of business development, and ideally targeting international markets.  
  • The competition is for individuals or venture teams, who have created, manage and own such ventures. 
  • The founder entrepreneurs must have played a major role in conceiving the venture, continue to have key management roles and to own significant equity.

Ventures which have already raised external equity in excess of €1million (or sterling equivalent) are not eligible.

Additional information: 

The Seedcorn competition investment process can help you and your business become investor ready. There are nine cash prizes and entrepreneurs compete against each other regionally before competing for the all-island Best New Start and Best Early Stage Company titles.

Every business idea/plan submitted is reviewed by investment experts and businesses are given individual feedback on request. Shortlisted companies also get the opportunity to pitch to investors and business leaders.

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