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DateWednesday, May 06, 2009


Dublin internet consultancy iQ Content has announced the panel of judges for its internet start-up competition, the iQ Prize.




iQPrize-Judges.PNGThe iQ Prize is an open competition for the best business plan for an internet start-up, with a no-strings-attached grand prize of 10,000 euro. It will be judged by company representatives of Daft Media, Facebook, Google, Loudervoice, Microsoft and Statcounter.



Entrants have until May 12th to send in a brief 5-page business plan to show that they have what it takes to turn their idea into a great online business. Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to present their business plans in person to the judging panel. The winner will be announced at an event in Dublin in early July.




Since the launching at the end of March, (read more on more than 7,000 people have visited the website and the competition has attracted 63 entries.



Speaking at the announcement, iQ Content Managing Director Morgan McKeagney, said: "We're delighted to have such a great roster of judges for the iQ Prize - it's a testament to the wealth of entrepreneurial and web business talent here in Ireland. Each one has a real passion for this industry, and they all really want to see the best business plan win."




The judges are:


Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter

Cullen is the CEO of StatCounter, a Dublin-based web statistics company which he founded at the age of 16. Cullen is the 2008 Eircom Golden Spider Internet Hero and the 2007 Businessweek Young European Entrepreneur of the Year.



Eamonn Fallon, CEO, Daft Media

Since graduating from Trinity Engineering in 1999, Fallon has been involved in several software and online startups. He co-founded online media group Daft Media with his brother Brian and has grown its flagship title into Ireland's largest property advertising medium. 



Colm Long, Head of Online Operations (EMEA), Facebook

Long is Head of Facebook's Online Operations in EMEA. He has comprehensive experience with multi-national companies having previously worked with Google, where he was on the team that established Google's EMEA headquarters in Dublin.



Conor O'Neill, CEO, LouderVoice

O'Neill has been building software since 1992. He founded Argolon Solutions in 2004, and the LouderVoice consumer reviews web-site in 2007. Conor is also heavily involved in the Irish start-up community through CorkOpenCoffee, it@cork, and various BarCamps. 



Gail Power, Senior Manager, Google

Power is responsible for the AdWords sales targets and initiatives within the UK and Ireland region. Previously, she has worked with Microsoft, and Accenture, specialising in eCommerce solutions. Originally from Belfast, Power is a Business and Psychology graduate from the University of Aston in Birmingham.



Martha Rotter, Internet Evangelist, Microsoft

Rotter moved to Dublin in 2007 from Microsoft HQ in Seattle. Since joining Microsoft, she has been working with web and desktop client development technologies and spends her time with developers and designers educating and helping to create cutting edge experiences and solutions.




Asked why he got involved, Conor O'Neill said: "I'm obsessed with wanting to see Irish start-ups succeed, because a sustained economic recovery will only happen in this country from the bottom up. The iQ Prize represents exactly the kind of support and encouragement that people with great ideas need. "





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