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Séamus McDermott MBA Scholarship for Entrepreneurship

Calling all Entrepreneurs!

The Séamus McDermott Scholarship for Entrepreneurship will provide a €10,000 scholarship towards the Trinity MBA for an entrepreneur beginning in September 2018.

The number of €10,000 scholarships will increase to four each year over ten years totalling €340,000 over the lifetime of the scholarship fund.

Séamus McDermott has had a life-long passion for supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs. Seamus founded the Liffey Trust in 1984 in order to incubate, mentor and support entrepreneurs and community enterprises including provision of office space. The Trust made a conscious management decision to finance all its activities through its own efforts and without the support from the State and it has done this with great success. Since its foundation the Liffey Trust has helped more than 200 enterprises resulting in the employment of over 800 people. The Séamus McDermott Scholarship for Entrepreneurship continues and honours Séamus’ work by supporting an entrepreneur, resident in Ireland, to develop their business and managerial acumen by undertaking the Trinity MBA.

Nurturing entrepreneurship is at the heart of the Trinity MBA programme where an entrepreneurial focus is woven through every module. The Scaling and Social Entrepreneurship projects allow students the opportunity to help fast-moving NGO's and SMEs scale their international growth and solve strategic issues when financial resources are constrained. Trinity College Dublin has a tradition of Innovation with Trinity graduates being ranked by venture capital organisation Pitchbook as the most entrepreneurial in Europe. Trinity Business School’s strategy is to galvanise and build on this strength in all its activities. The partnership of the Liffey Trust and the Trinity MBA is therefore a natural fit.

In addition to meeting all the usual entry requirements for the Trinity MBA programme, the successful candidate will:

  • Be resident in Ireland
  • Be a proven entrepreneur, in either social or private enterprise
  • Demonstrate how their business impacts the local economy or society

Application Deadline: July 20th, 2018.

For more information on the scholarship application process or to submit your application, email the MBA Admissions Team at, or visit our MBA Scholarship page.

Scholarships are available for limited number of candidates who are accepted onto the MBA programmes. These are awarded at the discretion of the Trinity Business School Scholarship committee on the basis of prior academic merit, achievements in business, contribution to society and financial hardship.

Download MBA Scholarship Application Form