Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur

IBYE 2016


IBYE Winners 2016

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.

Microfinance Ireland is proud to support Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2017/2018, and are now offering loans up to €25,000 at a discounted rate of 5% APR to all competition applicants.*


This loan offer is available to all applicants in the Best Start Up and Best Established Business categories from now until 31st March 2018.


If you have entered the Best Business Idea Category, we understand that it might take a bit longer to commence trading and therefore, we are extending this loan finance offer until 30th June 2018.

And that’s not all! If you progress through the competition and win the County Finals, you will be eligible* apply for a further discounted loan package at 3% APR.


*Subject to normal lending criteria, terms and conditions apply.


The loan packages from Microfinance Ireland are designed specifically with young business owners in mind, and can help a business to start up, develop or expand.


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