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Rising Star - Young Entrepreneur Award - under 30 years old

Sponsored by SERC

This award will recognise the exceptional work of young professionals or managers in any aspect of business.

This category is open for all young business people, including entrepreneurs and managers, 30 years and under on 12th February 2018. Applicants will need to demonstrate the most impressive business successes in their career to date and show significant promise as a future leader in business.

Applicants can put themselves forward, or be nominated by another person.

The judging panel will be looking for applicants who have demonstrated a track record of young entrepreneurship.

Applications will need to include:

  • A summary of professional achievements
  • A letter supporting the application from the employer or a client
  • Description of their current business success
  • Explanation as to why this is impressive compared to competitors and peers
  • Evidence of successful business performance

This is a written submission award. Please download, complete and return the official application form no later than 5pm Monday 12th February 2018.

Stage 1 of the judging process will be to shortlist submissions based on the criteria above. If an applicant is shortlisted for Stage 2, they will be invited to attend a short interview/presentation with the judging panel followed by Q&A on Thursday 1st March 2018. Shortlisted finalists will be notified by Monday 19th February 2018. The panel will then rank the shortlist based on the interview. Please note that if an applicant is shortlisted for stage 2 of the judging process, they must be able to attend a 15-minute interview/presentation on Thursday 1st March 2018 at the Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

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Tel: 028 9267 7225