New awards launched by Aer Lingus in conjunction with Local Enterprise Office Fingal and Fingal Dublin Chamber to support rising start-ups in Fingal area

Aer Lingus launches new TakeOff Foundation Start-UpAwards to support rising businesses in Fingal

New awards launched by Aer Lingus in conjunction with Local Enterprise Office Fingal and Fingal Dublin Chamber to support rising start-ups in Fingal area

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Application process open to start-ups based in Fingal from today- 12th February ‘18

Aer Lingus has partnered with the Fingal Dublin Chamber and the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Fingal to launch the Aer LingusTakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards which will celebrate and support the talent of up-and-coming businesses based in the Fingal area on their journey to success. The awards were launched this week at an Aer LingusSocial Media Masterclass for Start-Ups held in conjunction with Fingal Dublin Chamber and LEO Fingal that was attended by more than 100 business owners and start-ups. This event provided start-ups from across Fingal with advice on how social media can be used to build business success, drive brand awareness, and to gain followers and new business in a really cost-effective way.

The Start-Up Awards as well as the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards in Northern Ireland, are all part of Aer Lingus’s ongoing commitment to support start-up and SME communities in Ireland, a key pillar of the airline’s CSR TakeOff Foundation. In addition to supporting Irish business communities, the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation encompasses all Aer Lingus charity and corporate social responsibility activity including continued work with chosen charity partners UNICEF Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland, additional charity fundraising activities undertaken by Aer Lingus staff and volunteers, support of the Arts in Ireland through the Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition.

The new TakeOff FoundationStart-Up Awards will give three talented business owners the opportunity to expand their outreach to international markets for business purposes by mentoring up and coming businesses in the Fingal region and assisting with their flight needs and business profile. The prize package received by each winning start-up will consist of an allocation of European and long-haul international flights, business mentoring with key staff across a range of Aer Lingus business departments, and exposure for each start-up within the airline’s Cara Magazine.

This initiative is targeted at start-ups based in Fingal that have been trading in the Irish market for the last 18 months at least, and for no more than three years. Successful candidates will be selected following a shortlisting phase and subsequent presentation to a judging panel consisting of representatives from Aer Lingus, LEO Fingal and the Fingal Chamber of Commerce.

Welcoming the new initiative, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise in Fingal, commented:

“This is an innovative and very exciting competition for Fingal start-ups and we are delighted to work with Aer Lingus and Fingal Chamber of Commerce on the project. In the Local Enterprise Office we assist and support many hundreds of entrepreneurs and individuals trying to get their start-ups off the ground. By linking our clients in with this initiative we are giving them an opportunity to avail of the expertise of management in Aer Lingus as well as the possibility of free business flights for 12 months, a fantastic prize for any growing business with international ambitions.”

Speaking about the launch of the awards, Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, said:“Supporting start-up and SME communities in Ireland is such an important part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation and I am delighted to announce the launch of this new initiative. It takes significant courage, perseverance and energy to get a new business off the ground and the first few years are normally a very hard graft for entrepreneurs. . We have established the TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards to help business owners during this formative period to reach their full potential by tapping into international markets and business opportunities. Successful start-ups will ultimately benefit our local and national economies and will in time become frequent business flyers with Aer Lingus.”

Applications are now open and the closing date is 11.03.18. Interested candidates can apply by downloading the application form from https://www.aerlingus.com/about-us/takeoff-foundation/start-up-awards/ and emailing the completed application to startupawards@aerlingus.com

 

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