€50,000 contest for start-ups with a big idea

A COMPETITION that invites entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas for a prize worth €50,000 will be hearing pitches from start-ups and entrepreneurs in Kilkenny on June 16.

A COMPETITION that invites entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas for a prize worth €50,000 will be hearing pitches from start-ups and entrepreneurs in Kilkenny on June 16.

The competition, called Blueface Elevator 2012, is an initiative by Blueface, Ireland’s first dedicated business mobile service.

Entrepreneurs throughout Ireland are invited to pitch their big 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.

Irish-based start-ups will give a three-minute pitch of their big idea, with the competition taking place in Carphone Warehouse stores around Ireland and the final to be held on July 14 at the Carphone Warehouse on Dublin’s Grafton Street.

There, seven finalists selected from the nationwide search will compete for €50,000 in prizes that includes telephone services (Blueface), mobile handsets and tablets (Carphone Warehouse), advertising (Newstalk 106-108FM), public relations (Heneghan PR) and legal advice.

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

“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.

“Our aim at Blueface is to help businesses cut costs and maximise efficiency by supplying cost-effective and innovative solutions for business communications.

“It is time Irish start-ups got a little recognition.”

To apply, entrants must submit a 100-word overview of their business idea, and their contact details, to elevator@blueface.ie before June 20. The competition will take place throughout Ireland during June and July, but entrants are advised to submit their proposals as early as possible to ensure that they get an opportunity to present their idea at one of the competition locations.