A €50,000 prize package is on offer to Galway entrepreneurs in the third year of the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Awards, an initiative of community based company SCCUL Enterprises Ltd aided by Ballybane Enterprise Centre, St Columba’s Credit Union, Galway City Council and the Galway Independent.
Businesses in Galway City and County are encouraged to enter in one of seven categories, including Retail, Export Focussed, Professional Services, Consumer Services, Online, Social Enterprise and Emerging Business.
The competition is open to all businesses in Galway with a turnover of less than €1 million. There is no restriction on the number of years a business is established, with the exception of the emerging business category, which is open to businesses not more than two years in operation.
The overall winner will be chosen from the winners of the seven categories and will claim the first prize of €10,000 cash, a specially commissioned hand crafted trophy from ceramics artist Sinead O’Toole and a promotional package worth €2,500 from media sponsor the Galway Independent.
Cash prizes of €1,000 and promotional packages worth €1,250 are on offer to winners in each of the seven categories. Category winners also receive a special hand commissioned ceramic trophy from ceramics artist Sinead O’Toole.
Runners up in each category will receive a cash prize of €500 and a promotional package valued at €500. The competition has a total prize package of over €40,000, which includes €14,000 of promotional packages from the Galway Independent
A special ‘one to watch’ prize of an iPad 2 will be awarded in each of the seven categories to entrants who impressed the adjudicators but were not successful in reaching the finals.
Joining the judging panel for this year’s awards is serial entrepreneur and RTE Dragon, Gavin Duffy. The prize winners will be presented with their awards at a special prize giving ceremony attended by guest of honour, Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
A judging panel, including some of Galway’s leading business people, have been assembled to select the winners of the 2012 SCCUL Entrepreneurship Awards. They include Catherina Blewitt, West Regional Business and Relationship Manager, IDA Ireland; Carmel Brennan, Head of Department of Accounting and Information Systems, GMIT; Colman Collins, Managing Director, Collins MacNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group; Dr Aidan Daly, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, NUI Galway; John Daly, Ireland Food; Brian Duffy, Partner, DFS & Co; Eileen Dunleavy, Business Manager, St Columba’s Credit Union; Barry Egan, Regional Manager, Enterprise Ireland; Colm Feeney, Managing Director, SSL Logistics; Breda Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Galway City and County Enterprise Board; and Tom Joyce Galway University Foundation, NUI Galway.
They will be joined Hannah Kiely, Managing Director, HC Financial Services; Frank Lohan, board member of St Columba’s Credit Union; Phyllis McNamara, Owner, Cobwebs; Pat McDonagh, Managing Director, Supermac’s; Michelle Murphy, President, Business and Professional Women, Galway; Jim Murren, Business Consultant; Anne Mallaghan, Community, Enterprise and Economic Development Officer, Galway Co. Council; Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway; Declan O’Connor, CEO and Director of Certification, BQAI; Nial O’Reilly, Ignite Coaching; Alan Phelan, Director and Investment Partner, Nucleus Venture Partners; John Power, Managing Director, Aerogen; and Anthony Ryan, Managing Director, Anthony Ryan’s Ltd.
The judging panel will be chaired by media sponsor, Declan Dooley Managing Director of the Galway Independent.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 15 October. Entries are accepted only on official entry forms, which are available from Ballybane Enterprise Centre or online on www.scculawards.ie.