Thursday, April 12, 2018

ALMOST to the year after winning a prize package worth €4,000, fledgling Abbeyleix company AAMcEvoy is in the running to win up to €1 million.

Last April, fashion designer and company owner Alison McEvoy won a prize package worth €4,000 at the Fueling Ambition Roadshow in Portlaoise. Her prize included attendance at Enterprise Ireland’s Excel at Export Selling training programme, annual membership of Network Ireland, a leadership training programme with the Entrepreneurs Academy and ten sessions with Enterprise Ireland’s mentors.

It was announced last week that Alison and her company have made it to the public voting stage of Voom Pitch (2018) – Ireland and Britain’s largest pitching competition.

The top 40 pitches from each category will qualify for the semi-finals in Manchester after the public voting round closes on Tuesday 15 May. Finalists will then have an opportunity to pitch live to Sir Richard Branson and a panel of business superstars on Friday 23 May for a prize pot worth over €1 million.

Vice-president of commercial at Virgin Media Paul Farrell said: “Voom Pitch (2018) is back with a bang and is open to Irish entrepreneurs who have what they think it takes to make it to the final and pitch their business idea.

We had strong representation in 2016, where seven of the top 40 companies in the competition came from Ireland and we want to build on that success this year, which is why we’re delighted a company from Laois has made it through to the public voting stage of the competition,” added Mr Farrell.

AAMcEvoy is an Irish-made brand of contemporary, organic baby clothing. All products are made using organic cotton, which reduces baby’s exposure to pesticides.

Entries are still being accepted for the competition. So if you’re a start-up or small-to-medium sized business with an idea that you think will blow the judges’ minds, you still have time to enter before Tuesday 8 May.

As well as the cash prize, entrants can win an out-of-home advertising campaign from JCDecaux and a first-stage funding programme from G by Grant Thornton. Additional awards and prizes from Crowdcube, PayPal, PwC and Virgin Money are also up for grabs.

To vote for AAMcEvoy, log onto

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By Joe Barrett
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