€50k prize value for your best business pitch

People in Kilkenny will be in with a chance to land a prize worth €50,000 when a new competition for business start-ups comes to the city this month.

People in Kilkenny will be in with a chance to land a prize worth €50,000 when a new competition for business start-ups comes to the city this month.

Blueface, Ireland’s first dedicated business mobile service, has launched a competition called ‘Blueface Elevator 2012’. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, and the winning pitch will receive a prize of top-level telecommunications, advertising, public relations and legal advice to the value of €50,000.

Entrepreneurs will also be given advice and feedback from a panel of judges. The panel will include guest judge Thomas Marry of Kilkenny company Surfbox, as well as Alan Foy, CEO of Blueface, among others.

Blueface Elevator invites Irish-based start-ups with innovative ideas to give a three-minute pitch of their big idea. The competition will be held in Carphone Warehouse stores around Ireland, and the final will be held on July 14 at Carphone Warehouse, Grafton Street in Dublin .

“The Blueface Elevator 2012 contest is open to Irish start-ups and business people with innovative ideas in any sector of business,” said Alan Foy, CEO of Blueface.

“To qualify, companies must be less than five years old and any products or services being pitched must either be in beta or have spent less than one year on the market.” To apply, entrants should submit a 100-word overview of their business idea, and their contact details, to elevator@blueface.ie. The closing date for initial submission is June 20.