Fingal Entrepreneur Reaches National Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition (IBYE)

Fingal Entrepreneur Reaches National Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition (IBYE)

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Fingal has confirmed that Ciaran Brennan from Ground Up Software Ltd. T/A “” in Blanchardstown has clinched a place in the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition in September at Google HQ.

Ciaran is competing in the Best Start-Up category and is one of the three young entrepreneurs who will represent the Dublin region on Sunday 15th September 2019. The local entrepreneur now has the opportunity, along with seven other national finalists (three from each region nationally - one in each category), to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and share in a €100,000 winners’ investment fund.

The Best Start-Up winner helps construction companies increase their profits by leveraging artificial intelligence to manage & analyse their project costs in real time. The idea emerged when Ciaran was in Australia running another construction business. He returned to Fingal to start the software business in January 2018, leveraging artificial intelligence to automate the collecting of cost data on construction projects.

Dublin IBYE Winner Ciaran Brennan

Now in its fifth year, IBYE is a nationwide campaign to celebrate Ireland’s young entrepreneurs and is open to individuals aged 18 to 35 who have an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.

Eight regional finals are taking place across the country over the next few weeks in the search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019.

Dublin’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs’ were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Dublin’s LEOs on Wednesday 12th June at the Westbury Hotel. The winners were chosen from 12 finalists, shortlisted from almost 400 applicants in the competition which was launched earlier this year by the LEOs as part of a nationwide search to find “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE).

The Dublin final was hosted by Noel Davidson of Entrepreneurs Academy. Special guests at the awards ceremony included: Declan Hughes Assistant Secretary at the Department of Business Enterprise & Innovation; Deirdre O’Neill of Enterprise Ireland; Oisín Geoghegan, Chair of the Network of 31 LEOs; AnnMarie Farrelly, Interim Chief Executive of Fingal County Council; and Emer O’Gorman, Director of Services at Fingal County Council.

Speaking at the regional final Chair of the LEO Network and Head of Enterprise in LEO Fingal, Oisín Geoghegan said “We are delighted to have had such a positive response from so many strong candidates from Dublin this year - it is fantastic to see some of our best young entrepreneurs here tonight with innovative ideas and businesses. The skills and knowledge gained by all involved in the competition will stay with each participant and help grow their businesses even further. We are excited to see what will be in store for our regional winners and we wish them every success in the upcoming national finals! IBYE is a remarkable platform that we hope will encourage and grow young entrepreneurship and job creation in the region.”

Further details on the competition can be found on the IBYE website at A comprehensive list of supports available to young entrepreneurs is available through