Grá Chocolates Wins Inaugural Irish Creative Business Cup

21st March 2024

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CREW (Creative Enterprise West) proudly announces the winner of the inaugural Irish Creative Business Cup, a global event held at the CREW Creative Enterprise and Innovation Hub in Galway today. Five shortlisted companies were invited to the final to pitch their innovative Creative Industries Startups to an international jury of experts and investors.

Pictured: Gráinne Mullins of Grá Chocolates, winner of the Inaugural Irish Creative Business Cup.

After rigorous evaluation, the jury has declared Grá Chocolates as the winner of the Irish Creative Business Cup, positioning them to represent Ireland in the Global Finals scheduled for June in Copenhagen. “We are thrilled to announce Grá Chocolates as the winner of the Irish Creative Business Cup,” said Niamh Costello, CREW CEO.

“Their work exemplifies the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit that define the Irish Creative Industries as drivers of innovation and growth.

We congratulate them on this well-deserved victory and wish them success as they represent Ireland in the Global Finals.”

Throughout the competition, finalists were connected with international mentors and advisors, offering invaluable guidance in refining business models, scaling operations, and navigating the global market. This mentorship program played a pivotal role in fostering the growth and success of the participating startups.

Furthermore, the winner gains access to the prestigious global Creative Business Academy, offering unparalleled support for internationalising their business. Membership provides resources, networking opportunities, and guidance to expand reach and impact on a global scale, solidifying their position as a leader in the creative industry.

Through these initiatives, CREW demonstrates its commitment to empowering creative entrepreneurs and fostering the growth of the creative industries in the West of Ireland and beyond.

The inaugural event was made possible through collaboration with the Western Development Commission (WDC), with support from the Local Enterprise Office Galway and Atlantic Technological University. 

Allan Mulrooney, CEO of WDC said “Participating in the Creative Business Cup isn’t just about winning; it’s about harnessing the power of creativity to drive innovation and growth. As Irish businesses compete on a global stage, they not only showcase our nation’s talent but also foster invaluable connections and insights from creative innovators worldwide.

The opportunity to represent Ireland at the Global Finals is a testament to the vibrant creative landscape in our country and underscores the importance of collaboration and learning across borders.

Through initiatives like the Creative Business Cup, we empower creative entrepreneurs to reach new heights and contribute to the cultural and economic prosperity of our nation and beyond.”

The Irish Creative Business Cup is an exciting new addition to Ireland’s creative ecosystem, providing a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their talent, connect with investors, and gain international recognition. CREW remains dedicated to nurturing and supporting the growth of creative businesses, driving economic prosperity and innovation in the region.