What is Seedcorn?

Seedcorn competition 2019 now open for registrations.

The Seedcorn competition mirrors the real life investment process and can greatly improve your ability to attract investment for your business by helping you and your business become investor ready. The competition is aimed at early and new start companies that have a new equity funding requirement and has a total cash prize fund of €280,000.

How to Apply

To apply for the 2019 Seedcorn competition, you must first create an account.

Then you will be asked to complete an application form about your business. Later in the competition, you will be asked to provide a visual representation of your business idea. This can either be a short video clip or a slide show presentation or both. FREE regional briefing sessions on the Seedcorn competition are now available for registration, see events below.

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New start company

  • For companies under five years old at 31 May 2019 and who are seeking to raise new equity of between €50,000 and €299,999.

Early stage company

  • For companies under five years old at 31 May 2019 and who are seeking to raise in excess of €300,000.


There are nine cash prizes up for grabs and entrepreneurs compete against each other regionally before competing for the all-island Best New Start and Best Early Stage Company titles.

Every business idea / plan submitted is reviewed by our investment experts and you are given individual feedback on request. Shortlisted companies also get a unique opportunity to pitch to investors and business leaders.

  • €100,000: Overall winner
  • €50,000: Best Category Winner
  • 6 x €20,000: Regional Winners
  • €10,000: Special Award Winner for the best venture stemming from a university spin-out or support programme

Seedcorn Enquiries

If you have any questions about Seedcorn eligibility or rules, or InterTradeIreland funding services in general, please get in touch.

Joanne McEvoy will handle your enquiry. You can get in touch directly by email, by phone 028 3083 4190, or by using the form below.

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