€100,000 fund for start-ups at Kilkenomics is no laughing matter

A dozen promising start-ups are being urged to pitch for all or some of a €100,000 prize fund at the upcoming Kilkenomics festival.


Funded by Mike Driver, founder of Convex Capital and Kilkenomics, 12 shortlisted businesses will be selected in advance and invited to make their pitch to Driver and two other judges: Vikas Nath, CEO for UK and Europe, Adani Group; and Sarah O’Connor, co-founder of Cool Food Company and a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper’.

Driver is a mover and shaker who has sold over £1.5bn worth of owner-managed businesses in the last six years in the areas of digital, tech, fashion, online and software. Previously, he was co-founder of M2 the managed print service business, that grew from two founders in 1992 to 250 staff, before selling a minority stake to ECI Private Equity in 2006 in a £50m deal.

A spokesperson said that the judging panel may choose to award all of the €100,000 to one really good, glaringly obvious start-up to back or split it between a few of the start-ups.

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