The aim of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur initiative is to support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage Ireland’s young people to set up new businesses which will ultimately create jobs.
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) is an initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland, and is run by the 31 LEOs across the country. Each LEO has an investment fund of up to €50,000 to award to young entrepreneurs across three categories locally - Best Business Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business.
Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical, a 26-year-old physiotherapist from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown who developed an app that is transforming the lives of thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease all over the world has been named as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) 2016. Ciara won a €45,000 investment fund after scooping the title at the IBYE national final on Sunday 5th March 2017.
The competition attracted entries from over 1,800 18-to-35-year-olds, showcasing some of the country’s best and brightest business talent. In addition to becoming Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, Ciara also won the ‘Best Established Business’ category.
The ‘Best Business Idea’ category was won by Alvan Hunt (age 26) of Hexafly in Meath and the winner of the ‘Best Start Up Business’ category was won by Samuel Dennigan (age 31), of Strong Roots in Dublin City.
The ‘Best Promotion of Business On-Line’ Google award went to Richard Barrett (age 27) of Pundit Arena in South Cork.
The three category runners-up were:
Damien Mason (age 35) of Flexibod in Clare in the ‘Best Business Idea’ category,
Roisin Hogan (age 35) of HIRO by Roisin in Louth won the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ runner-up category and Heinrich Anhold (age 35) of StableLab in Sligo in the ‘Best Established Business’ category.
Heinrich Anhold (age 35) of StableLab in Sligo won the runner-up in ‘Best Established Business’ category.