The hunt is on for Ireland’s best startup of 2015. 

Are you the founder of Ireland’s best startup? There’s only one way to find out. The Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2015 is free to enter and open to sole traders, partnerships and companies that have been set up in Ireland and are in business for three years or less with up to 30 employees. 

There are 11 awards categories across a range of sectors including digital, food and drink, retail and technology. This year, there is also an award for the best overseas startup setting up in Ireland.

Last year over 750 companies entered the awards. The Grand Prix winner was Agile Networks, and the Irish Biz Party won the startup hero award.

Companies can enter the awards on their behalf or can be nominated by a friend or colleague.

“The first few years in any business are invariably the toughest and the startup awards are here to offer encouragement and support to entrepreneurs who are working hard [to] create employment and benefit the economy,” says Stephen Dillion, founder of Startups Ireland.

Full details of the awards can be found on the organiser’s website. The closing date is Thursday, September 17There is a great suite of prizes on offer. 

The hashtag for the event is #boistartupawards.