Meath’s Best Young Entrepeuner




IBYE Group Shot

Meath’s best young entrepreneurs have been announced this week at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition. Run by the Local Enterprise Offices, IBYE is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. Now in its 4th year, this year attracted almost 1,500 applications nationwide.

Joe English, Head of Enterprise in Meath explained: “The search to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur began back in August and we were delighted with the calibre of entries. After a very successful Enterprise Day, Bootcamp and County Final, I’m pleased to confirm that the future of enterprise and job creation in Meath is bright.”

There was joy for Eoin Bird, aged 28 of The Wooded Pig in Tara as they were named winner of the Best Start Up award. They were joined by Conor Cogan, aged 24 of the Bearded Man in Navan, who took the runner up title in this category.  

The Best Business Idea category was a particularly hard-fought contest, with many innovative and new business concepts. The winner was Mark Baldwin, aged 29 of Globopod in Enfield while Mark Donnelly, aged 27 of Celebchats in Ashbourne was named runner-up.

The Best Established Business Category went to Karen Stanley, aged 35, of Seventh Heaven Hair.

Eoin Bird of the Wooded Pig was named the Overall Winner of IBYE for Meath.

The adjudicators in this year’s competition were Joe English, Head of Enterprise at Meath Local Enterprise Office, Amanda Murphy Retail and Business Manager at AIB and Padraig Warren of Chinook Consulting. The awards ceremony was attended by other special guests including Meath County Council Chief Executive Jackie Maguire and Cllr. Gerry O’Connor, Cathaoirleach of the County Council.

Joe English, Head of Enterprise at Meath LEO concluded “ IBYE is not just a competition; it is a training ground to guide young entrepreneurs through all the stages of developing and sustaining a business. I want to congratulate the winners here tonight and to all of you who entered the competition, it takes courage and commitment to start up a business. I hope that participation in IBYE will set you on a path to continued success.”

He continued “Each of the winners and runners-up will share in a prize fund to help grow and develop their business. The 3 category winners go forward to the Regional Finals in January. The team in Local Enterprise Office Meath will be providing intensive supports between now and then to prepare them for the regionals and hopefully Meath will have a representative at the IBYE National Finals in March.”