The closing date for entry to this year’s Innovation Awards is fast approaching and companies from all over Ireland and from every sector have been urged to register their interest as soon as possible. From start-ups led by enterprising individuals to multinationals and every scale of business or organisation in between, the aim of the Innovation Awards is to recognise and reward disruptors from all across the island. Entry to the Awards is free and the closing date is June 29th. This year entries are invited in five categories covering: Life Sciences & Healthcare, IT & Fintech, Sustainability, Manufacturing & Design and New Frontiers. Shortlisted firms will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and the finalists announced in early September. These innovators will then present to a panel of prestigious business leaders and innovators, with the winners being announced at a gala event in October. Along with the national and international recognition the winners receive, and the impact it has on attracting potential investors, each category winner will receive a communications package worth €10,000 from The Irish Times. The overall 'Innovation of the Year' will win a unique communications package worth in excess of €150,000 and a scholarship for all three Executive Development courses from UCD Smurfit School commencing in 2019. The Innovation Awards which are now in their 9th year are run by The Irish Times in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, KPMG, Enterprise Ireland and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. For more information on the awards, a look at previous winners and hints and tips on how to enter go to www.irishtimes.com/innovationawards or follow @ITInnovationmag https://twitter.com/ITInnovationMag Alternatively, you can email Innovationawards@irishtimes.com
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