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Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2020

30 April 2020


The 2020 Seedcorn competition is now open for entries

The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition is open to early and new start businesses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that have a new equity funding requirement.

It offers a total prize fund of €280,000, with nine cash prizes up for grabs:

  • €100,000: Overall winner
  • €50,000: Best Category Winner
  • 6 x €20,000: Regional Winners
  • €10,000: Special Award Winner

Entrepreneurs compete against each other regionally before competing for the all-island Best New Start and Best Early Stage Company titles.

Every business idea or plan submitted is reviewed by InterTradeIreland’s investment experts and given individual feedback on request. Shortlisted companies also get a unique opportunity to pitch to investors and business leaders.

Seedcorn mimics a real venture capital investment process which builds the capacity and experience of those participating.

How to apply?
Applicants should complete an initial company information form and an application form available via the Seedcorn website.

You should also download the competition rules and entry kit (PDF, 12MB).

The deadline for applications is 13:00 on Friday 29 May 2020.

Information sessions
For those interested in applying, online information workshops about Seedcorn are available for booking on the following dates:

  • Thursday 30 April 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
  • Friday 1 May 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
  • Monday 4 May 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
  • Tuesday 5 May 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
  • Wednesday 6 May 2020, 14:00 - 15:30

Find Seedcorn information sessions and book your place.