Applications are now open for places in the Innovations Arena at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Farmers Journal’s advertising website have joined forces with the National Ploughing Association this year to bring a completely new look and feel to the Innovations Arena.

This year the layout of the Arena will change to include consultation booths and a forum centre. Enterprise Ireland will be providing staff to assist with general enquiries, the Patent’s Office will have a stand and will be offering media campaign advice.

The best innovations will be exhibited in the completely new-look Innovations Arena that is set to be a centre attraction of this year’s National Ploughing Championships in September.

At the launch of the Enterprise Ireland and sponsored Innovation in association with the 2014 National Ploughing
Championships at Enterprise Ireland headquarters were from left, Innovation Awards co-ordinator Alfie Cox, Enterprise Ireland chief
executive Julie Sinnamon, Michael Brougham of Enterprise Ireland, Laura and Neilus Murphy of last year’s Innovation Award winner
GrazeMate, Denis Duggan of Enterprise Ireland, Michael Moroney of the Irish Farmers Journal and National Ploughing Association
managing director Anna May McHugh.

Innovators are invited to apply online from 12th June until July 14th and the finalists selected to participate at the National Ploughing Championships will be catalogued on the Irish Farmers Journal in early August.

They will then have the opportunity to showcase their innovation during the National Ploughing Championships week from 23rd – 25th September in Ratheniska, Co. Laois.

The top innovator will receive a prize of €1,500 from towards the costs of attending the British LAMMA Show, with their innovation, in January 2015.

They will also receive valuable business development support mentoring from Enterprise Ireland and a free stand at the 2015 National Ploughing Championships.

All finalists will receive advertising vouchers to promote their innovation on the Irish Farmers Journal’s advertising website bringing the overall value of the overall prize fund for the new Ploughing 2014 Innovation Awards to close to €50,000.

To apply visit here here where you will see the conditions for entry and the application form details.

Applications close on Monday, 14th July 2014 and the list of successful finalists will be published in the Irish Farmers Journal issue published on Saturday, 9th August.

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