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First Ireland and Dublin Business School (DBS) launch ‘Student Entrepreneur of the Year Awad 2011’

€25k up for grabs in exciting student business competition – Press Release

First Ireland and DBS launch Student Entrepreneur Award 2011First Ireland, one of the country’s leading independent insurance brokers, and Dublin Business School (DBS) have teamed together to launch the ‘Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011’. This innovative and challenging Award is open to students from all disciplines within the DBS campus. 

The successful applicant or team will receive €25,000 worth in business services, office space and utilities. He or she will also receive €1500 in cash.  In addition, the successful student or team will receive mentoring support and business advice from a range of business consultants and professionals.

“Applicants must submit a detailed business plan setting out a business idea for a product or service,” explains Conor Lyons, Director, First Ireland. “Ideally the business would be scalable with potential for export to at least the UK and possibly Europe and beyond.”   

The successful student will then be able to avail of modern offices covering some 100 square meters, space for up to three people, and with all modern utilities and access to web, networks, printers, fax, scanners etc included as well. 

“DBS is delighted to be involved with the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award,” says Gerry Muldowney, CEO of Dublin Business School. ‘This initiative will provide our students with a fantastic platform to bring a great entrepreneurial idea to fruition’.

“We are looking for brilliance,” says John Roe, Executive Chairman of First Ireland.

 “The successful student will have to demonstrate creativity, show us their innovative abilities and impress us with their business knowledge and skills.  It is a tall order but well worth the challenge.”

Since 1986, serial entrepreneur and business ‘angel’ John Roe has been involved in the creation and development of nearly 40 businesses in a varied range of industries, from insurance to technology. Roe’s main focus has been to encourage people to develop good ideas. “Young entrepreneurs must take risks and be prepared to fail. Nobody will always be right. I also believe they should concentrate on doing the right thing, not necessarily doing things right!”

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