ESB Spark of Genius 

Now in its seventh year, ESB Spark of Genius provides a platform for high potential Irish start-​ups to succeed globally. This year, shortlisted entrants will have an opportunity to showcase their ideas on RTE 2fm, and three finalists will be flown to Lisbon to pitch their start-up to leading global investors at Web Summit 2017.

Run Last Man Pitching at ESB Spark of Genius

The winning start-up will receive €25,000 as well as a package of mentoring support from innovation and strategy experts to help them shift their business to the next phase. ​

With previous winners like Viddyad, OpenBack, Datahug, Bizimply and SmartThings, ESB Spark of Genius is now firmly established in the Irish tech calendar and a recognised pathway to a brighter future for high potential start-ups.

Applications for 2017 have now closed.

Does your Spark of Genius fit the criteria?

ESB Spark of Genius is open to technology start-​ups who have been in operation for less than three years and have received under €1 million in funding. Entrants must be able to demonstrate how their ideas solve critical problems in four areas namely: 

  • Smart Home
    Could your idea enhance quality of life for Irish consumers through smart technology in the home?

  • Smart Network and Communications
    Could your idea improve network efficiency or deliver new innovative communications solutions though smart technology?

  • Smart City and Transport
    Could your idea improve network efficiency, connect customers in new and exciting ways or deliver innovative communications solutions though smart technology?

  • Smart Social Enterprise
    Could your idea use technology  to solve social issues or encourage the bright thinkers and creative problem solvers of the future?

Applications for the 2017 Spark of Genius closed at midnight on September 17th, 2017.