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The 2018 Competition is now closed for Entries












Stage 1: Eligibility Criteria/ Entry Form 

In this, the 26th  consecutive year of the competition, DIT is again providing its students, both postgraduate and undergraduate students, with the opportunity to win a range of cash prizes in the biggest 3rd level institute enterprise competition in the country. The main objective of the competition is to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship among DIT students and to encourage and support a rigorous business planning approach to entrepreneurial activities. 

The competition is open to teams of registered DIT postgraduate and undergraduate students. Each team should have at least two but no more than six students. The students can come from any discipline and any college and multi-disciplinary, cross-college teams are particularly welcome. In some cases research postgraduate students may be permitted to enter the competition with a ‘team’ of one'. Rules of the competition are available here... 

Stage 2: Business Plan Information

Hints and guidelines for your business plan can be found here in the Business Plan Template
Submit an electronic copy of your Business Plan to  before February 9th 2018.
Three (3) hard copies of the business plan must be given to your course tutor to present to the judging panel.
Shortlisting will take place on February 14th 2018.

Stage 3: Video Pitch ** compulsory**

You must also submit a 90 second Video Pitch of your business plan to before February 9th 2018

Tips on creating a Video 

    • what the product is
    • your target market
    • how quickly you can commercialise it
    • it's export potential
    • if there is a competitor, why is your idea better?

Click here for some examples of great pitches which might inspire your video  and remember ... less is more ...keep it short and make it memorable!


Stage 4: Shortlisting of Business Plans

A shortlist of the business plans received will be selected on February 14th 2018 to go through to the Semi Final stage and the team captain will receive notification by email.

  • Please note: Due to the high volume of entries received, only the shortlisted teams will be notified.

Stage 5: Poster Competition ** compulsory **

At this stage, all semi-finalists will need to prepare a poster to summarise their business plan using the 2018 Poster template and email to 

This template is a guideline only, more images and change of headings is permitted but sponsor logos must be retained
The competition organisers will arrange the printing of the posters.
Posters will be displayed and a prize awarded for the best poster on the evening of the Final.

Stage 6: The Semi-Finals : 4 DIT locations, February 28th 2018

Those teams short-listed for the Semi-Finals of the competition will be required to make a 10  minute presentation of their plan to a panel of five judges, followed by a 5 minute Q&A session. This presentation may augment the formal document but must be based on the submitted business plan. 

Stage 7: The Finals : DIT Aungier Street, March 14th 2018

If your team is selected to go forward to the Finals you may make some minor changes to your business plan based on the advice and comments made by the judges. If you do this you must send the updated business plan to

For your presentations, you must use Microsoft Office PowerPoint. No Audio files or Streaming links please – they rarely work. If you have a video clip that you would like to use, please save it in Windows Media Audio (.WMA) format. You must also bring a copy of your presentation on a memory stick as a back-up just in case!

The Final will consist of a 10 minute presentation of your Business Plan to a panel of five judges, followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.The judging panel will then retire to the judging room to make their deliberations. The decision of the panel is final.

The Winners will be announced and all prizes presented at a reception immediately after the event. Posters will also be displayed on the night and a prize awarded for the best poster.