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The David Manley Awards

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The David Manley Awards...

A couple of weeks ago we featured the Arthur Guinness Projects.
David Manley Awards

These awards were specifically for Irish ideas - North and South to celebrate and reward the next chapter of Irish talent and creativity, specifically in the areas of Music, Sports, Arts and Food.

Previously the Arthur Guinness Fund had rewarded projects that were aiming to make a social impact, and as the Arthur Guinness Projects had moved on to a slightly more arts focused competition, it seemed only wise to tell you about another Irish based Award, that celebrates and nurtures Ireland’s entrepreneurial spirit in Business, Arts and the Social Spheres. Since its launch in 2002 the awards have provided almost €1 million in support to high-potential emerging entrepreneurs.

This has been in the form of cash supports but to a greater extent through the gift of time.

Although entries for this competition are only open to entries from the Republic of Ireland, it does open up opportunities for businesses with social impact and the ‘social spheres’ to apply.

So here’s a few of the hard facts that might help float the boat:

  • Launched back in 2002, the David Manley Awards have provided almost €1 million in support to high-potential emerging social and business entrepreneurs.

  • The overall winner of the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards will receive €100,000 in mentoring and support, plus a €10,000 cash prize.

  • Each category winner will also receive €1,000 in cash. In addition, each of the nine shortlisted entrepreneurs (three from the arts, business and social categories) will also receive free payroll and accounts software, and mentoring support from Enterprise Ireland’s Mentor Network.

  • You need to record a short video (no more than 2 minutes) of yourself answering the question “Why Should I Win the David Manley Awards”...

  • You need to fill in an application form - and as application forms go, it’s pretty easy.

  • The closing date for entries is Friday 6th September 2013.

Well there you go. So to summarise; If you are based in the South of Ireland, have an emerging business in Business, Arts, and the Social Spheres and want to enter a competition that awards said emerging businesses - you might want to take a look - handy link to The David Manley Awards site here! 

If you like this post you might want to also take a look at our previous interview with Irish Seedcorn winner Gnarley Adventure...

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Published on: 22nd July 2013

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