reg-logoIreland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is a competition for participants who are 30 years of age or under with a business idea or an existing business.  Any young person with a business idea could enter the competition whatever their background all that matters is that they have  a good business idea that works or an existing business already up and running.  Local Enterprise Office Louth hosted the Louth Finals Awards Ceremony of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur on Friday 10 October in Creative Spark with Cathaoirleach Oliver Tully presenting the Awards.  We received 30 applications and 15 finalists were invited to take part in a Boot camp in September.  They received follow up mentoring before putting together their business plans and taking part in an interview and sales pitch to bid for €50,000 grant aid.

Speaking at the event Peggy McGlynn said ‘Best New Idea category was won by Hugh Thornton with his company Mega Future Games from Drogheda.  Hugh’s product is a range of computer games designed to help people with degenerative illnesses engage with physiotherapy.  Best Start-up company went to Richard Brennan Visit Carlingford. The Visit brand has created a one stop shop of Carlingford and builds holiday packages to suit all needs.  Best Established Business and Louth’s Best Young Entrepreneuris Niamh O’Neill.  Niamh is a fashion designer from Dunleer who creates innovative and vibrant clothing for women. Our thanks to Rob Marr who acted as trainer and mentor for the group and to our judges who are an independent panel of business experts’.



Company Name

Best New Idea

Hugh Thornton

Mega Future Games

Best Start-up Company

Richard Brennan

Visit Carlingford

Best Established Business

Niamh O’Neill

Niamh O’Neill Designer

Louth’s Best Young Entrepreneur

 Niamh O’Neill

Niamh O’Neill Designer

Congratulations to Hugh, Richard and Niamh who will now advance to the Regional Finals to represent Louth in November.  National Finals will take place in December with further grant aid of €100,000