The Irish Business Design Challenge is looking for businesses that have:
- Changed their business model to add value
- Repurposed or redesigned their products or services sustainably
- Developed new eco-friendly processes or partnerships
- Discovered new or more efficient ways of working
- Invented innovative and meaningful solutions
- Solved societal or environmental problems through sustainable design
Is your business eligible to enter?
The challenge has 3 categories and is open to the following businesses:
- Micro businesses with 10 employees or less
- Small businesses with 10 to 50 employees
- Medium businesses with 50 to 250 employees
Businesses must also be actively trading for at least 6 months prior to entering the competition.
It is an honour to be able to recognise these companies for the amazing work they have done to transform their businesses into such models of sustainable and circular design. The outcome of this challenge is that six companies have been funded in furthering their commitment to these principles, raising the bar and creating a new benchmark.
Head of Design at DCCI
How we pick the winners
Winners are determined by a hybrid system made up of:
- public voting (20%)
- judging panel (80%)
Anyone can vote when the public voting opens. At the judging panel stage, all entries will be evaluated with the same criteria.
The IBDC team conducts an initial review to determine eligibility.
All accepted entries are published during the public voting stage and the result is given a weight of 20%.
The threshold to achieve your full 20% is as follows:
- Micro – 100 votes
- Small – 250 votes
- Medium – 400 votes
Our expert panel of judges will then lend their expertise to determine up to seven finalists for each category.
Second round of judging
This is followed by a second round of judging to determine the overall winners in each category. This is given a weight of 80%.
- The total score is a combination of both
- The decisions of the judges are final
How to enter
To enter the competition, you need to provide:
- A summary of your business
- A short elevator pitch to the public voters and the judging panel, outlining:
- The challenge or opportunity you identified
- The sustainable design strategy you applied to solve the problem
- The sustainable solution you developed
- Detailed answers to 4 questions as set out in the application form in line with the criteria as set out in the scoring framework
- A minimum of 3 images per entry in jpeg, pdf or png format