Rising Star – Young Entrepreneur Award – Under 30 Years Old

Sponsored by Inspire Business Centre

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 27th January 2020. 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.

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 27th January 2020.

Stage 1 of the judging process will be to shortlist submissions based on the criteria above. Shortlisted finalists will be notified by Monday 3rd February 2020 and will be invited to take part in Stage 2 of the judging process. Please note that if an applicant is shortlisted for this stage, they must be available to attend a 15-minute interview/presentation with the judging panel, followed by Q&A, on Tuesday 11th February 2020 at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn. The panel will then rank the shortlist based on the interview. If you have entered the Best Tourism Business Award, Excellence in Customer Service Retail Award, Best Licensed Eating Establishment Award or Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment Award, stage 2 of the judging process will be a mystery shopping visit and you will not be required to attend an interview.