Meath Winners Fly the Flag at Regional ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ Finals

Three young Meath entrepreneurs are flying the flag for the county at the regional finals of the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is offering an investment prize-fund of €2 million.

All under the age of 30, the local business owners and new start-ups are going head-to-head with other winners from the North East on November 11th for a chance to win a place at the national final in Dublin this December, in a competition co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office.

Launched by the Government earlier this year, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.

The Meath winners, who have been selected to represent the county at the regional finals, are:

  • Adam McCrossan from Touchhits is the winner of overall Best Young Entrepreneur and the Best Established Business category

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  • Andrew McDonnell from New Age Stone is the winner of the Best New Idea

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  • Conor Murphy from GymChef is winner of the Best New Start-Up Category.

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The competition took place on Friday, October 24th. The judges on the day were Aengus King, Marketing Manager Coca Cola Europe, Northwest and the Nordics, Ben Cranks, Technical Consultant Hewlett Packard and Amanda Murphy, Regional Business Banking Manager with AIB. The competition was facilitated by Fiona Carmody, Business in Mind.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. said: "Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start-up. Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people. That is what is behind this new competition to find the best young entrepreneur in the region also ultimately Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur."

The Acting Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office Meath, Caroline Lynch, said: "Our winners are proudly ‘flying the flag’ for the county, competing against other young entrepreneurs in the region for a place at the prestigious national final. But the benefits of entering the competition don’t end there. Our shortlisted finalists have already benefitted from intensive business bootcamps and mentoring programmes at local level, so the impact of the IBYE programme will be seen for many years to come in the county."

The regional final on 11 November is taking place in the Nuremore Hotel and Country Club, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and the Mayors and Cathaoirligh of all participating local authorities are being invited to attend, along with representatives of the business community.

For all the latest news and results for the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, visit www.ibye.ie, www.localenterprise.ie or search #ibye on social media.