Laois IBYE Winners for 2019

Local Enterprise Office announces Laois’s Best Young Entrepreneurs and €50,000 investment fund winners

Young entrepreneurs from Mountrath, Portlaoise and Portarlington win places at Regional Finals

Laois’ “Best Young Entrepreneurs” for 2019 and €50,000 investment fund winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted recently by Local Enterprise Office Laois.

As part of a nationwide search launched by Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Pat Breen to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs (IBYE) for 2019, the six winners and runners-up were chosen from 15 local finalists and will now share a €50,000 investment fund.

IBYE, now in its fifth year, is a nationwide youth enterprise initiative to help 18-to-35 year olds with an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.In 2019, 1,644 young entrepreneurs entered IBYE, which is an initiative of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and supported by Enterprise Ireland and local authorities.

The county final was hosted by Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office and Cllr. Tom Mulhall was also in attendance to present the awards. Among the special guests at the awards ceremony were Chief Executive, Laois County Council, Mr. John Mulholland, Ms. Kelly Ging, past IBYE winner, Mr. Gerry Murphy, Director of Services, Laois County Council and Mr. James Maloney, Enterprise Ireland.

The ‘Best New Idea’ category, with a €7,000 investment fund, was won by Dr. Diane Cooper of True Fitness in Portarlington. Her business idea is based on developing a point-of-care device which will allow for the global measurement of insulin resistance. The runner-up award and €3,000 investment fund went to Philip Mulpeter of GAMA: Gaelic Athletic Martial Arts in Portarlington.

The winner of the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ category and the €15,000 investment fund was Aisling Kirwan founder of Integrileads in Portlaoise .Integrileads is a lead generation company which schedules b2b appointments for clients. The runner-up in this category, collecting a €5,000 investment fund, was Marcin Duda of The Sweet Bakery in Portlaoise.

Meanwhile, the title of ‘Best Established Business’, with an investment fund of €15,000, went to Amie Colgan, founder of Nuvo Personnel. Nuvo Personnel is a temporary recruitment specialist agency . The runner-up in this category,  scooping a €5,000 investment fund, was John Duff of Portlaoise Springs Ltd. in Portlaoise.

Amie Colgan was also awarded the title of ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ for Laois.

In the lead-up to the county final, each finalist received targeted business supports through Local Enterprise Office Laois. They attended an intensive Business Boot Camp, receiving mentoring and support on their business plans, pitch training as well as getting the opportunity to connect with other young entrepreneurs from Laois.

Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Laois said:“As our winners clearly demonstrate, youth entrepreneurship is thriving here in Laois. IBYE is about discovering local potential and nurturing that talent through financial supports, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. In 2019, Local Enterprise Office Laois supported 65 young entrepreneurs through the IBYE competition and over 300 young entrepreneurs in total, since the competition began in 2014. We want to build on that success by supporting Laois’s young entrepreneurs today and into the future.”

The county winners from Laois will now progress to the regional finals, which will take place on the 12th June 2019. In all, 24 national finalists will be selected at regional finals across the country to compete for the overall title of “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.”

At the IBYE national final on Sunday 15th September, which takes place at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, a €100,000 investment fund will be awarded to winners.

Further details on the competition and supports available to young entrepreneurs are available through and

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