IBYE 2016 is back - Applications now open!

Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur (#IBYE) Competition

The IBYE competition is a national competition to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur. Applying is simple and there is a €2 million investment fund and targeted business supports on offer to help you turn your business idea into a reality. The competition is open to entrepreneurs between the ages 18 - 35 years in all business sectors. There are 3x award categories; Best Business Idea (not yet trading); Best Start Up Business (trading for 36 months or less) & Best Established Business (trading for more than 36 months).

IBYE Prize Fund

  • €50,000 Investment Fund available from Local Enterprise Office DLR to invest in the 3 Category Winners (All county finalists will be invited to participate in an Entrepreneur Bootcamp)
  • €100,000 Investment Fund available for the overall National Category Winners


We are looking for Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs 2016.


Are you 35 or under with a business idea or an existing business? If so, the Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Competition could be for you! Almost any young person with a business idea can enter this competition. It doesn't matter what your background is - all that matters is that you have a good business idea that works! To enter, you must be aged between 18 (at date of application) and 35 (as at 31st  December 2015).

  • Deadline for applications: 14th October 2016 

IBYE Important Dates

For updates and more details Visit IBYE.ie