Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Announced

Press Release - Thursday, December 1st 2016

€50,000 investment fund presented by Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to six young entrepreneurs in the county, all aged between 18 and 35.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s best young entrepreneurs have been announced at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition, which took place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire last evening.

IBYE, which has a €2 million investment fund, is run by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.

The overall Best Young Entrepreneur for the county was named by Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown as Ciara Clancy (26), founder of Beats Medical in Sandyford. The business has developed an app that enables people with Parkinson’s to take greater control of their condition. Ciara also won the category for Best Established Business and an investment fund from the Local Enterprise Office worth €15,000.

In the Best Start-Up category, Gianni Clifford (25) took first prize of €15,000 for his Dún Laoghaire-based company Fillit, an online platform that connects people with spaces while Aidan Kilgannon (32) of Stillorgan took first prize of €7,000 in the Best Business Idea category for his personal fitness product, AK Rock. All three category winners will now represent Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County at one of eight IBYE Regional Finals, taking place during January and February 2017 from which 24 national finalists will be selected.

Meanwhile, three category runners-up shared an investment of €13,000. They were Grace O’ Rourke (27) of óR Quine Equestrian in the Best Business Idea category; Caolan Cullen (23) of Arctic Stone Ice-Cream in the Best Business Start-Up category and finally, Cora Murphy (32) of The Care Team in the Best Established Business category.

The Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Cormac Devlin, presented the winners with their awards, commenting:

Each of our winning businesses is richly deserving of the recognition they each received at our awards ceremony last evening. Our 15 finalists represent excellent role models for anyone who is thinking of starting a business in from their late teens to their early thirties.    

Special Guest of Honour at the IBYE County Final, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O' Connor T.D., said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be here with you all for the final of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown IBYE competition. In this our third year of IBYE, we have had an amazing response nationally with a record breaking 1,800 entries from young people up and down the country. This beats last year’s amount by some 400. It is also very encouraging to note that the number of entries from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has also increased by over a third on last year. I want to congratulate all those who entered this year’s competition and the very best of luck to all category winners from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown as they prepare to fly the flag for the county at the Dublin Regional Final of the competition on 25th January. ”

Dearbhla Lawson Director of Economic Community and Cultural Development at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council commented:

“IBYE provides a real opportunity to identify and showcase the very best in our young entrepreneurs in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and we were delighted with the standard of talent and innovation for IBYE 2016. Businesses such as these are so important to our local economy as two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups and entrepreneurs such as these.”

IBYE 2016 Winners

DLR County Final Awards of Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur 30th of November 2016 (Photo Left – Right) 

  • The Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Cormac Devlin
  • Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O' Connor T.D
  • Ciara Clancy of 'Beats Medical' Best Established Business Winner
  • Gianni Clifford of 'Fillit' Best Startup Business Winner
  • Aidan Kilgannon of 'AK Rock' Best Business Idea Winner 
  • Dearbhla Lawson, Director of Economic, Community and Cultural Development, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Overall Winner IBYE 2016

Overall Winner and Best Established Business Winner at DLR County Final IBYE 

  • Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical -Beats Medical is a smartphone application which helps give people with Parkinson's greater independence and control of their condition.  


For any media queries contact Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown at 01 204 7083