Samuel Dinnegan, Strong Roots, based in the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable market and Brian Henderson, Baon Diagnostics, based in DIT Grangegorman, have clinched their place in the national final of Ireland' Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.
The young Dublin City Entrepreneurs, mentored by LEO Dublin City, will represent the Dublin Region in the Best Start Up Category (Samuel Dennigan) and Best Business Idea Category (Brian Henderson) in the national Final which takes place in Dublin on March 5th 2017. The two entrepreneurs now have the opportunity, along with 22 other national finalists, to become Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur and share in a €100,000 winners' investment fund.
The three category winners who will go forward to the National Final were announced by the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D. at the IBYE Regional Final in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin last night.
The other Dublin regional finalist, selected by the judging panel, is Ciara Clancy representing Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown. Her company, Beats Medical, will represent the Dublin Region in the Best Established Business Category.
The National Judging takes palace in early March and each finalist will have the opportunity to pitch their business place to the judging panel. They will be assessed on criteria such as innovation, the potential for future job creation and their leadership skills.
Aimed at 18 to 35 year olds, the IBYE initiative is run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) nationwide, and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. The investment awards will be used by the young entrepreneurs to help fund their business, create new jobs locally and help develop new products for international markets.
Competition details are available from www.ibye.ie and information around supports available to young entrepreneurs in Dublin City is available from www.localenterprise.ie/dublincity
About the Dublin Regional Winners:
Diagnostics genius Brian Henderson has developed diagnostic testing for infectious diseases suitable for use in GP clinics. www.baondiagnostics.com Best Business Idea Category.
LEO Dublin City
Ensuring there should be no compromise between health and indulgence, Samuel Dennigan, Strong Roots, plans to revolutionise the frozen food category offering healthy vegetable products. www.strongroots.ie Best Start Up Category LEO Dublin City
Ciara Clancy, Beats Medical, provides treatments for Parkinson's disease through technology to help improve mobility and the dexterity systems in the condition. Best Established Business Category. LEO Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown