Two Westport businesses to compete for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur National title

Competing for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in the upcoming national final will be not one but two Mayo businesses, Skillko and ShowerGem,  who are both based in Westport.

Skillko

Skillko was founded by Brendan Maloney and the business focuses on simplifying the training requirements of other businesses from a multitude of sectors. It has built a unique training platform, creating an open marketplace for businesses and training suppliers to connect and transact in a smart and efficient way, saving both parties time and money. Their target markets are the utilities, construction, rail and manufacturing sectors.

Skillko finalist

From left to right: Barry Egan, Enterprise Ireland; John Magee, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Mayo; Brendan Maloney of Skillko, Leas Cathaoirleach Al McDonnell, Elaine Moyles, Local Enterprise Office Mayo; Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council

ShowerGem

ShowerGem was founded by Sean Mc Garry and the business produces a unique shower caddy. Born from motivations of both frustration and necessity, ShowerGem offers innovative home storage solutions that puts user-friendliness, functionality and affordability at the forefront of their designs. As recently seen on the Late Late Show in March of this year, the business is going from strength to strength, solving the irksome clutter problem in many showers around the country!

showergem finalist

From left to right: Barry Egan, Enterprise Ireland; John Magee, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Mayo; Sean Mc Garry of ShowerGem, Leas Cathaoirleach Al McDonnell, Elaine Moyles, Local Enterprise Office Mayo; Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council

The West Region’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs’ were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by the Mayo, Galway and Roscommon Local Enterprise Offices on 12th of June at Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.

Now in its fifth year, IBYE is a nationwide campaign to celebrate Ireland’s young entrepreneurs and is open to individuals aged 18 to 35 who have an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.

24 contenders (three from each region nationally - one in each category) are selected to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur on Sunday 15th of September 2019. A further €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national final - one of which will also be named as “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur”.

The ‘Best Business Idea’ category was won by Elizabeth McLoughlin founder of Tympany Medical, based in Galway City. The winner of the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ category was Brendan Maloney of Skillko and the winner of ‘Best Established Business’ went to Sean Mc Garry, founder of ShowerGem.

The regional winners will now proceed to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur on Sunday 15th of September 2019. A further €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national final - one of which will also be named as “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur”.

Speaking at the regional final John Magee, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Mayo said “We are delighted to have had such a positive response from so many strong candidates from the West region this year - it is fantastic to see so many young entrepreneurs here today with innovative ideas and businesses. The skills and knowledge gained by all involved in the competition we hope will stay with each participant and help grow their businesses even further. We are excited to see what will be in-store for our regional winners and we wish them every success in the upcoming national finals! IBYE is a remarkable platform that we hope will encourage and grow further young entrepreneurship and job creation in the region.”

 Further details on the competition and supports available to young entrepreneurs are available through www.localenterprise.ie and www.ibye.ie .

 

 

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