Meath entrepreneurs reach the National Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition (IBYE)

Local Enterprise Office Meath has confirmed that Alvan Hunt from Hexafly in Kells and Barry Goulding from BSG Design in Trim have clinched a place in the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Dublin this March.

Twenty six year old Alvan is competing in the Best Business Idea category and thirty three year old Barry is competing in the Best Established Business category.  They are two out of three of three young entrepreneurs who will represent Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan on March 5th. The local entrepreneurs now have the opportunity, along with 23 other national finalists, to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and share in a €100,000 winners’ investment fund.

IBYE 2016 Best Idea Regional Winner

Pictured above are Joe English, Head of Enterprise, LEO Meath, together with Alvan Hunt who is pictured here receiving his award from the Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Maria Murphy.

IBYE 2016 Best Established Regional Winner

Pictured above are Joe English, Head of Enterprise, LEO Meath, together with Barry Goulding who is pictured here receiving his award from the Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Maria Murphy.

The three category winners who will go forward to the National Final were selected at the IBYE Regional Final in Kells, Co. Meath this evening (24th January). The other national finalist who was selected by the judging panel is Róisín Hogan from HIRO in County Louth and she is competing in the Best Start-Up category.

IBYE 2016 Best Start Up Regional Winner

Pictured above are Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, LEO Louth, together with Róisín Hogan who is pictured here receiving her award from the Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Maria Murphy.

The announcement was made in Clonabreany House by The Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Maria Murphy. She was joined at the awards ceremony by the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Mr. Damien English T.D.

Speaking in Kells at the awards ceremony, Minister English said: “Having met young entrepreneurs from all over Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan through the IBYE competition, it is wonderful to see that the entrepreneurial spirit in the North East is flourishing. Our young entrepreneurs are also our job creators and our innovators. I would encourage all of our young entrepreneurs to take up the supports on offer through the Local Enterprise Offices, who are on hand to help all businesses start-up, grow and expand.”

Joe English the Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Meath, congratulated the local entrepreneurs, saying: “Our search to find and support Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs, which started last September, has turned up some incredible business talent.  Our local entrepreneurs are the business leaders of the future and the entrants in the competition have all shown innovation and drive. After a very successful bootcamp, County Final and now Regional Final, the county will be proudly represented in the ultimate stage of the competition – the IBYE National Final in March.”

 

 

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