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Innovation Nation 2018 has teamed up with leading start-up platform Startacus to deliver Ascend, an all-Ireland tech start-up pitch competition, where up to 12 early-stage start-ups will be given a platform to showcase their latest innovation.

The pitch competition will see start-ups with high growth potential from the digital and tech space taking to the stage to pitch their business to a panel of industry leaders and enterprise experts, and in front of the Innovation Nation attendees.

The application criteria:

  • This is an all-Ireland start-up competition, and start-ups both North and South are welcome to apply.
  • We are looking for start-ups at an early-stage to MVP level and will shortlist on that basis.
  • You must have raised £50k or less of private investment.
  • Your start-up must have been running for 30 months or less.
  • Tech start-ups and others can apply - however they are looking for start-ups to demonstrate an innovation / invention, or the potential for this to become an established and scaling business.
  • Startacus will shortlist applications and their decision is final.
 

The Prizes

 
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Total prize package worth over £50k

 A cash prize of £3k

A cash prize of £3k

 £10k professional advisory services courtesy of KPMG

£10k professional advisory services courtesy of KPMG

 £10k PR, communications, media and design support courtesy of Lanyon Communications

£10k PR, communications, media and design support courtesy of Lanyon Communications

 Industry-leading advice and support from the Kx Technology Fund team & 3 months free access to Kx’s bespoke predictive analytics software Prelytix.

Industry-leading advice and support from the Kx Technology Fund team & 3 months free access to Kx’s bespoke predictive analytics software Prelytix.

 £10k professional legal services 

£10k professional legal services 

 1-2-1 meeting with inspirational Newry-based global leader

1-2-1 meeting with inspirational Newry-based global leader

 Three months co-working space courtesy of Flexi Work Space

Three months co-working space courtesy of Flexi Work Space

 Interview feature on leading start-up platform Startacus.net

Interview feature on leading start-up platform Startacus.net

 

All shortlisted start-ups will receive 1x place at the Innovation Nation 2018 Dinner

 

Application Option 1

  1. Record a one minute video telling us what your company does and why you deserve to win
     
  2. It could be a pitch, a product showcase... or anything, be creative and remember to keep it under a minute.
     
  3. Post your video on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #InnovationNation18 and #AscendComp18
     
  4. Our team will be in touch to let you know the next steps
 

Application Option 2

If cameras aren't your thing then your second option would be to fill in the application form. 

Name *
Name
Please include country dialing code
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Has the company ever taken part in a start-up accelerator or incubator programme? *
Can you, or a senior member of your company, attend and pitch at Innovation Nation in Newry on the day and evening of Thursday 27 September 2018? *