Seedcorn App

The 2019 Seedcorn competition is now closed for entries.

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.

ITI Seedcorn Rules


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


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