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Dublin, Ireland | Published on: January 14, 2013
Social media pitch
Websummit and TNW launch the Irish Startup Awards. Nominate hot startups, entrepreneurs and investors #ISA http://pr.co/p/000rla
Summary
The Irish Startup Awards determine the hottest startups, entrepreneurs and investors in the country. Startups, investors and apps are voted for by the public through their preferred social media channel. Celebrate your hard work and meet with fellow entrepreneurs from the Irish tech-scene on January 29th 2013, where The Next Web and Web Summit will host a meetup in Dublin to celebrate with winners and nominees of the online Irish Startup Awards competition!
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Identifying the hottest startups in Ireland
"Startups have always played an important role in TNW and Web Summit events. Each year we welcome many promising companies at Web Summit and TNW Conferences, but now we are also coming to Europe's tech-hubs to celebrate entrepreneurship. With the Irish Startup Awards we seek the best in Ireland and aim to bring the tech scene together for a great night", says Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web.

Online nominating and voting 
The Startup Awards are a public choice award, where the people decide on who will win the awards. It starts with nominating your favourite startups through our platform. Three weeks later, the professional Jury, existing of Zee Kane, CEO of TheNextWeb, Paddy Cosgrove CEO of Web Summit, TNW co-founder Patrick de Laive and TNW editors Robin Wauters and Martin Bryant, select max. 5 companies or people per category who will be going to the voting round. During the voting round, which lasts one week, anybody can vote for their favorites via the social voting platform or e-mail.

The winners of the 7 categories are announced online January 28th. The next day, the startup community will gather for drinks, chats and to celebrate the winners and nominees at Four Dame Lane, Dame Lane, Dublin 2. 

Seven categories 

The categories are Startup of the Year, Best (Co-)Founder, Best Web app, Best Mobile App, Best Design, Best E-commerce, and Best Investor. 

European Tour
The Irish Startup Awards are part of the Startup Awards meetup tour across 12 countries in Europe.
Each winner receives a ticket to the TNW Europe Conference in Amsterdam in April 2013. This high level networking event brings the tech industry leaders from Europe together to build a bridge between those markets for startups and companies. More prizes will be awarded by the (local) Startup Awards partners.

Quotes
"Startups have always played an important role in TNW and WebSummit events. Each year we welcome many promising companies at TNW and the Websummit Conferences, but now we are also coming to Europe's tech-hubs to celebrate entrepreneurship. With TNW Irish Startup Awards we seek the best in Ireland and aim to bring the tech scene together for a great night"

— Patrick de Laive - Co-founder of The Next Web