Elizabeth McGloughlin in bid for Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur title

Elizabeth McGloughlin in bid for Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur title



The bid to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur moves into top gear as candidates prepare for the National Final on 15th September.

Local Enterprise Office Galway’s finalist for the title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019, Elizabeth McGloughlin, has met with Minister for Business Heather Humphreys and Minister for Trade, Employment, Business Pat Breen ahead of the upcoming final of the prestigious business contest.


The finalists from across Ireland had the opportunity to discuss their businesses and ideas with the Ministers ahead of the IBYE Final which will take place on the 15th September at Google HQ in Dublin. The IBYE programme is run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices and is funded by the Government of Ireland with the support of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.


The 24 entrepreneurs who’ll compete on the national stage have also attended a pitch training day at Google HQ in Dublin where they were given extensive pitch training and they had the chance to meet their fellow finalists for the first time.


Galway’s finalist is 30-year-old city resident Elizabeth McGloughlin. Elizabeth is co-founder of city-based company Tympany Medical, which is designing and developing a novel combined access and visualisation device which will enable ear surgeons to ‘see around the corners’ of the ear canal. This will allow surgeons to perform trans-canal ear surgery with a wide endoscopic view of the surgical site, thereby, avoiding unnecessary invasive surgery.


The 24 IBYE Finalists for 2019 will be competing for a €100,000 fund across the three categories.  The winner of the Best Business Idea will receive a €15,000 investment with the runner up securing a €5,000 investment.  The Best Start-Up Business and Best-Established Business winners will receive a €25,000 investment each with the runners up in those categories receiving a €5,000 investment, while the 2019 Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur selected from the three category winners will receive an additional €20,000 investment. 


The winners of the 2018 Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur awards were Conor O’Loughlin of Glofox who won the Best-Established Business and the overall IBYE Award for 2018.  Alan Hickey of Vromo (formerly WeBringg) in Fingal, Dublin was the Best Start Up Business winner, while Galway’s Brendan Boland of Loci Orthopaedics won the Best Business Idea for 2018.


The Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur takes place on Sunday 15th September at Google HQ in Dublin.

For more information on the competition go to www.IBYE.ie