Tipperary boutique distillery in line for national award

Jennifer Nickerson of Tipperary Boutique Distillery will be one of fourteen start-ups taking part in the AIB Start-up Academy Final in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema on Thursday April 20th

The 2017 AIB Start-up Academy, a national competition comprising of a selection of Ireland’s most promising start-ups, will draw to a close on the day.

Hosted by Gráinne Seoige, the final event will see fourteen start-ups deliver a 5-minute elevator pitch followed by a 5-minute Q&A session with judges.

Jennifer Nickerson is the founder of Tipperary Boutique Distillery which has produced a new single malt whiskey made from her own barley, grown on Ballindoney farm near Cahir.

The company currently has planning permission for a distillery on the Ballindoney farm and will offer a field-to-bottle spirit.

With only 1,916 bottles produced of their first whiskey, ‘The Rising’, it will be the only company to produce whiskies cut to bottling strength with water from Ballindoney farm in Tipperary.

Starting in September, almost 500 entrepreneurs put forward their business ideas to an expert judging panel. These entries were narrowed down to a shortlist of 22, from which 10 were chosen. A further four start-ups were selected at the regional AIB Start-up Academy Summits in Galway, Cork, Dublin and Belfast.

The finalists have completed 8 weeks of a strategic training and mentoring from topics like networking, data analytics, design thinking, finance, marketing and social media. They have also been honing their pitch skills in preparation for the final pitch event.

Now in its third year, the AIB Start-up Academy provides start-ups with crucial business support and networking opportunities designed to help entrepreneurs bring their business to the next level.

In addition to the competition element, AIB, in association with The Entrepreneurs Academy, will also hold over 80 Start-up Academy Bootcamps across the country in 2017. These free workshops are open to start-ups from all backgrounds and at all stages of development.


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