With a total prize fund of €65,000, the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards are now open for entries.
The awards, now in their 35th year, are open to third-level students in the Republic of Ireland.
The idea is to encourage students to turn business ideas into real, commercial businesses.
There is a total cash prize fund of €35,000 available and mentoring, guidance and consultancy worth €30,000 from the sponsors, including Enterprise Ireland, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, Grant Thornton and Intel.
To enter the awards, students must submit a short video that details their business idea and shows its commercial and export potential.
If shortlisted, students will then have to develop a business plan that shows the judges how viable and well-researched their project is.
An Awards website, Facebook page, Twitter account and podcasts will help promote the awards and the eventual winners.
People working in Enterprise Ireland will present details of the competition to all colleges and institutions between now and the closing date for the competition, 17 March 2016.
Last year’s winner
The 2015 winner Rob Laffan, a student from Limerick Institute of Technology, beat off stiff competition with his project ‘Tippy Talk’, a touch-screen communication system for non-verbal children with autism. ‘TippyTalk’ allows the child to communicate their desires, feelings and needs to their parents through the transfer of pictures to text messages.