THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: ENTREPRENEURSHIP Nominees should be switched-on entrepreneurial Irish women, based in Ireland or overseas, with expert business acumen, who’ve developed an innovative idea (either a new product or service) from initial concept to commercial success. The business must be in operation, with filed accounts, for a minimum of three years,with nominees demonstrating a higher propensity for risk, innovation and achievement, along with quantitative evidence success and growth.
*A. Turnover €250k or less
*B. Turnover €250k or more
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: YOUNG BUSINESSWOMAN (UNDER 35) Nominees must Irish women, based in Ireland and under the age of 35 on December 31, 2018. They should be inspiring achievers with a great track record of success, including at least three years industry experience and/or three years at the helm of their own business, who also show huge promise in their chosen field. In order to qualify, candidates must have at least one year’s filed accounts for the business venture they enter with.
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL Nominees should be resident in Ireland or working overseas, working at a senior level in their organisation. They should be involved in planning, organising, staffing, leading, directing or controlling an organisation, with at least eight years experience in their industry, and at least two years in their current organisation. Industry sectors considered within this category include finance, marketing, retail, technology, medicine, legal and media.
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: START-UP Nominees should be enterprising Irish businesswomen, based in Ireland or overseas, who have established a start-up company since January 1, 2016. Nominees must have filed accounts for at least one year with measures of success including percentage increase in turnover; increased distribution channels, etc. While judges will take particular note of the challenges that the nominee has overcome to date, applications should also include evidence of the business’s potential growth and viability in the longer term.
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: CREATIVE INDUSTRY The winner of this category will be an Irish woman who’s a proven achiever, having forged a successful career in Ireland and/or overseas through pursuing her creative passions. The areas of expertise may include fashion (design including clothing, footwear, accessories, millinery; boutique owners; fashion distributors; stylists etc); beauty (salon owners, product development and distribution); design (industrial, interiors, visual); and art (artists, gallery owners).
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: CEO We’re looking for successful Irish businesswomen, working in Ireland or overseas, in the position of Chief Executive Officer, or equivalent, in an Irish or international organisation. Nominees should have occupied their current role for at least two years, with a considerable career story and biography. Measures of success include a significant contribution to company growth and expansion, regardless of business type underpinned by strong commitment to diversity and corporate social responsibility.
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY
This award will recognise Irish women, home-based and abroad, in the worlds of technology and the digital space. Acknowledging innovation, passion and achievement, the winner shall stand out in her field; a game changer in the twenty-first Century who has at least three years industry experience. The winner may be a professional, entrepreneur or employee working at senior management level in the tech/digital world with financial success to back up her achievements to date.
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP We’re looking for an inspirational businesswoman working in the voluntary or not-for-profit sectors, who has occupied her current role in Ireland for a minimum of two years while further industry experience is an advantage. The successful nominee will demonstrate the use of entrepreneurial principles to organise, create and manage a charitable venture to achieve a desired social change. The main characteristics the judges are looking for include innovation, passion, resourcefulness and risk-taking.
THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: SCIENCE & ACADEMIC We’re looking for successful Irish businesswomen working at home or overseas who are pushing the boundries. Whether working in academia, research and development, creating new initiatives or in top level management positions in Irish or international organisations, nominees should have occupied their current role for at least two years, with measures of success including invention, innovation and new thinking and advancement of science.