IBYE Galway winners announced

Galway’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs” for 2019 and €50,000 investment fund winners have been announced at an awards ceremony hosted at the Portershed by Local Enterprise Office Galway.


IBYE winners 2019

The ‘Best New Idea’ category, with a €7,000 investment fund,was won by Elizabeth McGloughlin, aged 30, founder of Tympany Medical in Galway City. The company is developing a visualisation device to enable surgeons to ‘see around the corners’ of the ear canal, enabling minimally invasive surgery. The runner-up award and €3,000 investment fund went to Liam McMorrow, age 29 of Adelie PenPal in the city.


The winner of the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ category and the €15,000 investment fund was Keith Lofus aged 25, founder of All About Kombucha. Keith and his company are brewing their own range of Kombucha products in Moycullen. Kombucha is a fermented tea.It’s a healthy alternative to your stereotypical fizzy drinks. The runner-up in this category, collecting a €5,000 investment fund, was Cáit Ni Mháille aged 29 of Go Study Ireland.


Meanwhile, the title of ‘Best Established Business’, with an investment fund of €15,000, went to Barry Flannery aged 27,founder of Xerotech. Xerotech is an electrification provider who design and manufacture advanced automotive grade lithium-ion battery packs and battery management systems for OEMs. The runner-up in this category, scooping a €5,000 investment fund, was Donal Reilly aged 33, of Thermosol.


Barry Flannery was also awarded the overall title of ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ for Galway.