Helping Local Businesses Take Off

This week we partnered with the Fingal Dublin Chamber and the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Fingal to launch the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards. The awards will celebrate and support the talent of up-and-coming businesses based in Fingal, Dublin.


The Start-Up Awards are part of our ongoing commitment to support Irish start-ups and SMEs. This community is a key pillar of the TakeOff Foundation, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

In addition to supporting Irish business communities, the TakeOff Foundation encompasses all of our charity and CSR activity. This includes continued work with our chosen charity partners UNICEF Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland, together with additional charity fundraising activities, and support of the arts in Ireland.

TakeOff Foundation

The new TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards will give three talented business owners the opportunity to expand their reach into international markets. The winners will receive an allocation of European and long-haul international flights, business mentoring with key business leaders across a range of Aer Lingus business departments, and exposure within Cara, our in-flight magazine.

The awards were launched at an Aer Lingus Social Media Masterclass for start-ups which saw more than 100 business owners hear from our Head of Social Media, Paul Buckley on how social media can be used to build business success, drive brand awareness and reach customers in a cost-effective way.

The awards are targeted at start-ups based in Fingal that have been trading in the Irish market for the last 18 months at least, and for no more than three years. Successful candidates will be selected following a shortlisting phase and subsequent presentation to a judging panel consisting of representatives from Aer Lingus, LEO Fingal and the Fingal Chamber of Commerce.

Want to apply for the Start-Up Awards? Click here to apply and find out more about the TakeOff Foundation.

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