Calling all Galway start ups — and win expertise and mentoring

The Irish Times and AIB are calling out to all entrepreneurs to enter a special start up competition to earn a place in AIB Start Up Academy in association with The Irish Times. Budding entrepreneurs who are successful will benefit from the best expertise and weekly hands on mentoring from the Irish Times and AIB.

The Academy will be hosted over eight weeks in the Irish Times building and will see successful individuals guided through a specially designed curriculum. Modules will help entrepreneurs grow their business idea, nail down their accounting, refine their marketing strategy, test their market fit, and find and reach customers. In addition one overall winner will be selected from those who complete the academy to go forward to receive a life changing prize which consists of €50,000 worth of advertising from The Irish Times in addition to contributions from others including mentorship, additional advertising inventory and support. Anybody wishing to apply can submit the online application form which can be found at www.irishtimes.com/aibstartupacademy . The closing date for entries is midnight, Friday 24th October 2014.

Speaking at the launch of the Academy, Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director of the Irish Times said, “the Irish Times has a significant history in working with the start up community in Ireland, in that we have sought to develop meaningful ways to support individuals in setting up their own businesses.

“In 2012 and 2013 the Irish Times Fusion project, aimed to match the energy of Ireland’s start-up community with the enormous market access of the branding and advertising world. This year we are delighted to partner with AIB to provide an additional platform for the start up community. The Academy will give companies a chance to quickly master the challenges of growing their own business while receiving support from the Irish Times.”

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