ESB Promoting Innovation through STEM Initiatives

ESB helps to develop future talent by supporting the development of skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We achieve this through partnerships with Web Summit (ESB Spark of Genius), Science Gallery Dublin, Engineers Ireland and City Spectacular.

ESB Spark of Genius

The ESB Spark of Genius Award is presented annually to the most promising and high-potential Irish technology start-up. Start-ups are invited to apply, with shortlisted companies invited to pitch to a panel of judges with an opportunity to appear at Web Summit. 

The overall winner receives a €25,000 prize fund. Past winners of the ESB Spark of Genius Award include Bizimply, Datahug, Love & Robots, Viddyad and SmartThings, the home automation company that was acquired by Samsung for a reported $200m.

OpenBack claimed the top honours at the competition in Portugal in 2016. 

ESB and Science Gallery Dublin

We provide multi-annual funding to Dublin Science Gallery, an organisation which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Arts to 15-25 year olds. Through this partnership, we work with Science Gallery’s MAKESHOP to bring basic electronics workshops to young people across Ireland using our network of ESB volunteers. 

ESB and TechSpace

Through ESB’s Energy for Generations fund, we are working with TechSpace to develop a national programme to promote science, technology, engineering and maths to young people across Ireland. TechSpace works through a network of youth organisations, projects and schools to enable participants to creatively express themselves using technology.

For more information on the Techspace programme, click here. 

Engineers Excellence Awards

ESB supports excellence in engineering through our partnership with Engineers Ireland. This includes overall sponsorship of the annual Engineers Excellence Awards and category sponsorship of the International Engineer of the Year Award.

For more information on the annual Engineers Excellence Awards, click here.  

IIEA Power to the People Seminar Series

To encourage debate regarding Ireland’s future energy options, ESB sponsors the Irish Institute for European Affairs (IIEA) public lecture series on energy, Powering to the Future. This series attracts leading experts and thought leaders from around the globe, with former speakers including Amory Lovins, Dr. Dario Gil, and Alex Laskey.

For more information on the Irish Institute for European Affairs (IIEA) public lecture series, click here