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16 January 2017

AIB Start-up Academy: Conquering the Summits

Posted By: AIB Business

The AIB Start-up Academy is back with a host of new Start-ups battling for their place on the 8-week Academy programme which kicks off in February 2017. From an impressive 450 applications, 10 companies have already been selected to take their place in the Academy. Now, 12 more businesses will be invited to pitch at one of the four AIB Start-up Academy Summits taking place across the country for their chance to win a coveted place in the Start-up Academy programme. 

Why do Start-ups want to win a place in the Academy?

The AIB Start-up Academy is a joint venture between AIB and The Irish Times to help Irish Start-ups succeed by providing quality training from industry experts and excellent networking opportunities. The overall winner of the Academy takes home the top prize, which is worth €200,000.  

The eight-week Academy programme is an intensive learning experience, where our candidates will be exposed to practical information in marketing, sales and negotiation, digital and much more. Advice from industry experts and guest speakers with vast entrepreneurial experience ensure that participants are given the best support available for their business.

Trying to get your Start-up off the ground?

Even if you’re not taking part in this year’s competition, there are loads of ways to get involved and help your Start-up. We’re hosting AIB Start-up Academy Summits across the country with free tools and support to help entrepreneurs bring their business to the next level. The Summit offerings range from practical business advice to free professional headshots.

We’ve teamed up with partners Google, Grant Thornton and BCSG with MyBusinessToolkit to offer a host of tips and tools that have all been designed specifically to help Start-ups in attendance. As well as our partner speakers offering best-in-class advice at the Summits, we’ll also have topical panel discussions with well-known industry experts.

To take advantage of this advice from some of the best business minds in the country, sign up to attend the AIB Start-up Academy Summit nearest to you in Galway, Cork, Dublin or Belfast.

Is your business starting up?

If your business has been in operation for less than three years, our Business Start-up Package has everything you need to succeed. Get set up for everyday banking with a Business Start-up Current Account, a Business Visa Debit Card, Online Banking, AIB Merchant Services and the very useful MyBusinessToolkit. We’re also supporting new businesses with Start-up Business Loans for amounts up to €100,000.

MyBusinessToolkit for Start-ups

AIB’s MyBusinessToolkit package was designed to help Start-ups get their business off the ground by providing all the tools you need in one simple package. Sign up for a no-commitment, 30-day rolling contract and get access to a suite of five easy-to-use apps that will save you time and money. These range from PlanHQ, which will help you to create a professional business plan, to Sage, which will help you manage your business accounts and payroll. MyBusinessToolkit offers big savings for small businesses with an 80% discount for those subscribing to the full package. Best of all, we’re offering three months of our MyBusinessToolkit package free for AIB Start-up customers until 31st March 2017. Don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

Need advice on Starting-up?

If you can’t wait to attend your nearest AIB Start-up Academy Summit, you can find advice from other Start-ups and industry experts on The AIB Start-up academy on The Irish Times in the meantime. Or feel free to ask us any questions on Facebook, or tweet us @AIBBiz.


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