Are you somebody with a great idea who is looking to start their own business?

The Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum (ISEF) is a non-profit, student initiative which aims to help young and aspiring entrepreneurs along their journey. ISEF provides a platform upon which Ireland’s brightest student start-ups can connect with the wider business community and present their ideas to some of Ireland’s foremost business leaders. We offer entrepreneurs the support they need to develop their business through a number of structured workshops with companies such as Facebook, WebSummit, SOSV and Twitter, each of which focuses on the development of a key business skill, and through the advice of our business leaders at our annual showcase event.

Following the success of the 2016 forum, where six finalists pitched to our panel of judges which included Gary McGann, Bobby Kerr and Anna Scally, ISEF aims to further expand the initiative in 2017 through the introduction of even more supports for our contestants. We have invited venture capital firms to attend our showcase event to provide an opportunity for student start-ups to acquire the funding they need to grow and develop their business. Furthermore, the winner will also receive assistance from a leading consultancy firm, who will perform a company analysis.

Our showcase event will take place on the 4th of April 2017 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Our event will feature a number of guest speakers, who will offer their unique insight into the world of business and their experience of dealing with the challenges of entrepreneurship.

The event will also feature a careers fair, which will give students the chance to meet and network with representatives from a number of leading graduate recruitment firms such as Davy Stockbrokers and Arthur Cox.

The application window opens on November 1st, and it will remain open until January 14th 2017. If you are keen to illustrate your entrepreneurial spirit and flair, we would strongly encourage you to apply for this unique opportunity to meet with and receive feedback from leading entrepreneurs. To keep up to date with all of our news and events and for further details on our application process, like us on Facebook and find us on