Kerry's Best Young Entrepreneur 2015

The Battle is on to find Kerry’s Best Young Entrepreneur for 2015!

IBYE Finalists 2015

Fourteen aspiring young Kerry entrepreneurs, aged between 18-30, are set to benefit from a two week Business Bootcamp, organised by Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office. The fourteen finalists battle it out for their stake in a €50,000 prize fund for their business and for the hope of being crowned Kerry’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2015.

Kerry really stepped up to the forefront of youth entrepreneurship in Ireland this year after receiving more than 80 entries, placing it third nationally for number of entries. Kerry’s Best Young Entrepreneur is the local stage of the national competition Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) which has over 500 participants at the local stages spread over the 31 other Local Enterprise Offices around the country.

Our fourteen #TeamKerry finalists, who made it through a vigorous selection process, will be competing for a chunk of the €50,000 prize fund offered by the KCC Local Enterprise Office. The three categories in the competition are: Best Idea (€10,000 investment prize), Best Start-Up (€20,000 investment prize) and Best Established Business (€20,000 investment prize). After the Bootcamp the young entrepreneurs will have to submit a business plan, and deliver a 5 minute Dragons Den style pitch to a panel of business-hardened judges.

The winner of each category and the overall winner will be crowned at the end of the month and these will progress to the next stage of the competition to represent #TeamKerry in the regional final. From here they battle it out against county finalists from Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, within their respective categories, to become one of the final sixteen in the national final of IBYE, where they will compete for a further investment of €50,000. The competition is part of the Action Plan for Jobs and was launched in May by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. T.D. and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D.

Minister Bruton said: “The prizes involved can be game-changing for a new business. The investment can be used to buy a new piece of equipment for example or it can be used to help pay the salary of a new employee joining the team. The experience of last year’s IBYE winners shows the great benefit that this competition can bring. We have a growing number of entrepreneurs here in Ireland, but we don’t have enough of them. Through Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, we’re encouraging more young people to consider setting up a business as a career choice - and the supports on offer through IBYE can help them deliver on that”.