Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Quest For Ireland’s Facebook, Google or Microsoft?

The Quest For Ireland’s Facebook, Google or Microsoft?

Final Call To Enter The Electric Ireland Spark Of Genius – Over €100K up for grabs

This is the final week for entries into the Electric Ireland Spark of Genius competition. The Electric Ireland Spark of Genius is Ireland’s top tech prize. Now entering its third year, the competition focuses on early stage tech firms who will be competing for a prize fund worth more than €100,000.

The competition provides the entrants with huge opportunities for networking with international investors from Andreessen Horowtiz, Greylock Partners, Accel, Atomico as well as top media, speakers and attendees at the Dublin Web Summit. The finalists will be chosen in the coming weeks and given the opportunity to pitch to some of the biggest names in tech, receive mentoring from top professionals and gain exposure on a global scale.

Following from their win in 2010 Datahug - a sales tool that’s been described as “linkedin on steroids”, received an incredible $ 1.5 million investment from Silicon Valley super angel Ron Conway, one of the first investors in companies such as Twitter and Google.

Last year daily deals software provider Redeem & Get emerged as the winner. Redeem & Get has since secured funding and have subsequently launched Daily Deal Pro, a service for marketers to leverage daily deals by managing deals for local merchants, on Times Square in New York.

The call for nominations for the Spark of Genius competition comes at a time when Ireland is getting increasing recognition for its contribution to the industry, both in attracting large multinationals to headquarter here and in nurturing innovative start-ups. In the last year several low key Irish tech start-ups have been at the forefront of multi-million euro deals and several more are in the pipeline. The Spark of Genius gives competitors a platform from which they can access the resources that will enable them to flourish on an international stage.

“Over the last few months we’ve seen huge successes from Irish startups., Logentries, Intercom, Newswhip, who’ve all received close to $1m in funding and recognition on an international scale,” says Web Summit organiser Paddy Cosgrave. “We’re delighted to have Electric Ireland on board again this year to give Irish startups the leg up they deserve,” says Cosgrave.

Entries for the Spark of Genius competition will close on Monday 11th September and winners will be announced at the end of the Dublin Web Summit on 18 October. / to apply or email Peter on

The Electric Ireland Spark of Genius is part of the Dublin Web Summit - Europe’s fastest growing tech event. The Dublin Web Summit brings together over 2,000 people in the RDS on October 17-18 featuring the founders of Flipboard, Digg, Stripe and the CEO of Mozilla