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Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland Group is one of the largest financial services groups in Ireland. The Group provides a broad range of banking and other financial services. These services include: current account and deposit services, overdrafts, term loans, mortgages, business and corporate lending, international asset financing, leasing, instalment credit, invoice discounting, foreign exchange facilities, interest and exchange rate hedging instruments, life assurance, pension and protection products. All of these services are provided by the Group in Ireland, with selected services being offered in the UK and internationally.


The Bank also provides supports for startup and SME businesses such as Workbench which is a unique concept which connects entrepreneurs, Branch, and community by offering free dedicated space for co-working, seminars, clinics and events to encourage innovation and new ideas.


In addition the Bank’s Enterprise Programme provides expert advice and help to all SME’s to expand, connect with new customers and to look at alternative markets.


Key initiatives of the programme, include National Enterprise Week, The Enterprise Town Programme and key partnerships such as WebPort Global - which will assist our SME customers to export. Bank of Ireland are looking at how we do business differently in response to the changing needs of our customers. The Enterprise Programme helps businesses to thrive by providing them with the necessary supports to scale and succeed,  it provides communities with a platform to showcase what is great about their locality and generates business in the area.


Bank of Ireland is a strong and sustainable bank, focused on supporting our customers and growing our core franchises, while contributing to economic growth in our key markets.



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Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. You can find detailed information on Enterprise Ireland's activities, strategy and performance in our Reports and Publications.




The IEDR is the registry for .ie Internet domain names and maintains the database of .ie registered domain names. Find an Accredited Registrar They have the skills to help you register your .ie domain. We have been managing the .ie country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) namespace since 1991. Our work includes protecting, supporting and promoting the online presence of all .ie domain names. The IEDR originated in University College Dublin, however in July 2000 it became a private company. The IEDR has no shareholders, the company is owned by its members who are the directors. This structure, being limited by guarantee, is a very common one for domain registries around the world. Surpluses are not distributed, they are added to opening reserves. Directors, as per the company’s constitution, do not have a “beneficial interest“ in the reserves of the company. Only the IEDR can administer and manage the .ie namespace. These acts are undertaken as a public service. The IEDR liaises as required with government departments, governing bodies, trade associations and abides by Internet best practice principles while still operating as an independent private company.




TaxAssist Accountants 

We know how hard you are working on your business and what an exciting time this is in your life. We also know how crucial it is that you get your financials right from the start. That’s because we have worked with over 6,000 start-ups and business owners in our 24 locations across Ireland, helping them at each stage in their development.

You will need advice on the right structure for your business, what taxes to register for and crucially how to avoid over- paying tax. We will guide you through this process in plain English freeing you up to run your business. We work on a fixed fee basis with monthly payment options- giving you full peace of mind.

TaxAssist Accountants are pleased to offer all start-up award entrants a free 1 hour consultation at your local office and a free, detailed start-up guide.




McCann FitzGerald

With almost 575 people, including over 350 lawyers and professional staff, McCann FitzGerald is one of Ireland’s premier law firms. We are consistently recognised as being the market leader in many practice areas and our pre-eminence is endorsed by clients and market commentators alike.  Our principal office is located in Dublin and we have overseas offices in London, New York and Brussels. We provide a full range of legal services and our clients include international corporations, major domestic businesses and emerging Irish companies.

At McCann FitzGerald we recognise the importance of the right advice at the right time. We also recognise the dilemma that most early-stage companies face in terms of the requirement to balance the need for good advice against the need to manage costs.  We view the relationship with start-up companies as a partnership, and our aim is to help some of the most innovative and exciting companies in Ireland on their journey towards commercial success






Blueface provides innovative and reliable cloud communications to businesses worldwide.

Founded in Dublin in 2004, Blueface is trusted by over 20,000 organisations and recently won the 2017 Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award.

Thanks to over 100,000 hours of in-house R&D, Blueface has developed a communications service which provides significant benefits for startups, micro businesses and SMEs.

Virtual numbering allows businesses to add or redirect contact numbers in real time and enables expansion with international numbers and dial plans. The Blueface cloud based phone system lets you manage add, edit or remove users in real time and provides a powerful suite of communications features such as call recording, conferencing, call reporting, opening hours and virtual receptionist.


Irish Independent

The Irish Independent holds the unique and undisputed position as Ireland's best read quality daily newspaper with 666,000 readers nationwide. Offering strong reach across each region the titles continued dominance of the Leinster (375,000) and Connaught/Ulster (139,000) areas stand unchallenged, with a substantial presence in the Munster region (125,000). Business Week & Technology, the Irish Independents business supplement, published Thursdays, delivers the latest business news, insights and analysis from around the globe. The Irish Independent possesses the highest daily reach for business professionals aged 18-44 reaching 75,000 AB's within this category. A truly national newspaper, the Irish Independent offers strong reach across each region, delivering ground breaking news to its loyal readers.