The search is on for Dublin City's Best Young Entrepreneur

The Search for Dublin City’s Best Young Entrepreneur Is Underway (#IBYE)

€50,000 investment fund to support Dublin City Entrepreneurs, aged between 18 and 35

The search is on to find Dublin City’s Best Young Entrepreneur and ultimately Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE), through the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City.

Sam Dennigan Strong Roots IBYE 2016

IBYE 2018 : Competition Overview

  • 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 ages 18 - 35 years in all business sectors.

  • There are3 x award categories:- * Best Business Idea (not yet trading at time of application); *Best Start Up Business (has started trading but in business 18 months or less); * Best Established Business (has been trading for more than 18 months). Trading is defined as having derived income from sales of a product or service provided by the business

IBYE 2018 : Prize Fund

  • €50,000 Investment Fund available from Local Enterprise Office Dublin City to invest in the 3 Category Winners & 3 Category Runner-Up. All county finalists will be invited to participate in an Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • €100,000 Investment Fund available for the overall National Category Winners

Submit Your Entry Online by 29th September 2017!

Submit an online application and optional video by closing date of Friday, 29th September 2017.

Microfinance Ireland is also supporting IBYE 2018 by offering loans of up to €25,000 at the discounted rate of 5%*. For more information, click here.

*Terms and conditions apply

Important IBYE 2018 Dates!

Friday, 29th September 2017

Deadline for Applications (via

October 2017

2-Day Entrepreneur Bootcamp for shortlisted finalists in each Local Enterprise Office area

November 2017

Local Enterprise Office Dublin City Final

January 2018

Dublin Regional Finals 

Sunday, March 4th 2018 

National Final

Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur Facts and Figures

2016 Winners