Welcome To The Business All-Stars

On Thursday May 2nd 2019 The Fifth All-Ireland Business Summit At
Croke Park, Will Play Host To The Business All-Star Final.

The Business All-Star program is an annual competition designed to identify and recognise Irish companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months.

Divided into 21 categories, ranging from All-Stars New Business to All-Star Innovative Business, the line up reflects the diverse stages of development and vertical specialisation of Irish companies.

Winners in each category are designated with All-Star status and as such represent the highest current performance level in Irish business, and are presented as a standard or benchmark to be equaled or exceeded.

All-Star title holders will have proven through a rigorous judging process, to be on merit, worthy recipients of the accolade.

May the Best Win!

The All-Star Judges & Process

The 2018 All-Star Judging panel is Chaired by Dr. Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and assisted by Deputy Chair Kieran F. Ring of the Global Institute of Logistics. The Chairs will be supported by a panel of industry experts.

Over the course of the next 11 weeks, applications will be reviewed and the applicant company's principle, its customers and trading partners spoken to by a member of the judging panel.

In phases, using a scorecard the judges will whittle down the original longlist of applicants to a shortlist of finalists. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday March 11th. In keeping with the spirit of Croke Park and the competition, the All-Star final round of judging will take place on the day of the All-Ireland Business Summit on Thursday, April 19th. On the day, the 120 candidates that have made it to the final round will meet with the judging panel, face to face.

As in sport there can only be one overall winner, in each category. However, the standard required to reach the All-Star Final guarantees there will be very little between the finalists on the day. Consequently, in recognition of reaching the final, all participants in Croke Park will be accredited with the All-Star Award of Excellence.

Please carefully review the Categories below and choose up to 3 in which to compete. You will need to apply separately under each category.

In the spirit of good governance and indeed that of Best in Class, three of the 100 points available are specifically granted to entrants who submit their application before the deadline of Monday, February 19th. The information you provide or that we collate during the judging process will be subject to the highest standards of confidentiality.

The Key Numbers To Keep In Mind are
#4 #100 #11
4 Step Judging Process, 100 Points to Score & 11 Weeks of Competition to Achieve All-Star.


Complete Your Application by

February 12th

(33 Points available minimum 20 Points to proceed)


Judging Phase 1-2: Reviewing application & speaking with you.

Finalists Announced March 11th

(60 Points available minimum 33 Points Needed to proceed)


Judging Phase 3: Application Submitted & Judging Panel

(25 Points available)


Judging Phase 4: Live Judging At All Ireland Summit in Crok Park on Thursday April 19th.

Overall winner of All Star in each category announced and each runner up certified with All Star Award of Excellence in recognition

(15 Points available)

2018 Line-Up

Pat McDonagh

Founder & Managing Director of Supermac's

Chanelle, Lady McCoy

Dragon's Den Investor, Successful Business Woman in Pharmaceuticals & Fashion
Co-founder, Chanelle Medical

Keith Barry

World’s leading TV Hypnotist, Mentalist and Magician

Gavin Duffy

Chairperson, All-Stars Accreditation Ceremony
Serial entrepreneur, Dragon's Den Investor & Leadership Coach

Owen Fitzpatrick

Globetrotting Psychologist, Bestselling Author &
Persuasion Guru

Ramona Nicholas

Award winning entrepreneur, Dragon's Den Investor
Joint MD- Cara Group

Brian McEniff

Legendary Donegal GAA All-Star & Entrepreneur
McEniff Hotel Group

Eamonn Quinn

Chairman, Kelsius Serial Investor, Dragons' Den Star

Niall Breslin ('Bressie')

Co-founder & Director of
'A Lust for Life'

Judymay Murphy

International Speaker, Author,
Neuroplasticity Expert

Pádraig Ó Céidigh

Founder of Aer Arann, Independent Senator,
Veteran Entrepreneur

Ivan Yates

All-Ireland Summit 2018 Chairperson,
Newstalk Broadcaster

Gerry Hussey

High Performance Psychologist & Coach with an unmatched ability to unlock potential - from Olympians to Everest Climbers to GAA teams to Business leaders

Sinead Kane & John O'Regan

Sinead - First Visually-Impaired Athlete To Complete The World Marathon Challenge & Holder of 2 Guinness World Records With John - Her Coach & Guide Runner

A Message From The Organisers

Dear All-Star in the Making,

If you have come this far it means you are interested in competing to be an All-Star.
This in itself is a very positive reflection on how you view yourself and your company. In fact, you have already set yourself apart and that augurs well for your chances in the competition.

Well Done!

Starting with a modest 300 delegates at the inaugural All Ireland Summit in 2015, this year in 2019, we will welcome more than a 1000 executives to Croke Park.

Why you ask, why the growth, why the interest and why the support?

Well, we have asked ourselves that too and to get to the answer we asked our base and they told us:

Croke Park is a place for the people by the people, a venue where performance is lauded and excellence celebrated through the All-Ireland sports series.

The All-Ireland Business summit has assumed the same values, establishing itself as a safe place and space for Irish business executives to come to, to meet with the Champions of Irish Business, and indeed to champion their own business in an environment where success is Encouraged & Rewarded.

2019 All-Ireland Business Summit will be further enhanced through the naming of 20 All-Stars Irish Businesses.

Give it Your Best Shot, the Winning is in the Competing

Kapil Khanna

Elaine Carroll & Kapil Khanna,
Programme Directors, Business All-Stars


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