IBYE 2019 County Monaghan Final

Local Enterprise Office announces Monaghan's Best Young Entrepreneurs and €50,000 investment fund winners

Young entrepreneurs from Emyvale and Castleblayney win places at Regional Finals

Monaghan's 'Best Young Entrepreneurs' for 2019 and €50,000 investment fund winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Local Enterprise Office Monaghan on Wednesday 1st May.

As part of a nationwide search launched by Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Pat Breen to find Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneurs (IBYE) for 2019, the six winners and runners-up were chosen from 16 local finalists and will now share a €50,000 investment fund.

IBYE, now in its fifth year, is a nationwide youth enterprise initiative to help 18-to-35 year old with an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business. In 2019, 1,644 young entrepreneurs entered IBYE, which is an initiative of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and supported by Enterprise Ireland and local authorities.

The 'Best New Idea' category, with a €7,000 investment fund, was won by Ryan Mulligan, aged 27, founder of Pebble Mate in Emyvale. Pebble Mate offers an innovative product to aid the mental health of young children by encouraging communication between the child and their parents. The runner-up award and €3,000 investment fund went to Matthew Sherry, age 23, of Seamless Energy in Tydavnet.

The winner of the 'Best Start-Up Business' category and the €15,000 investment fund was Fintan Mulholland, aged 28, founder of Fintan Mulholland Design in Castleblayney. The company designs and manufactures bespoke knitwear for the export market. The runner-up in the category, collecting a €5,000 investment fund, was Niall Coyle, aged 32, of Truck Graphics in Emyvale.

Meanwhile, the title of 'Best Established Business', with an investment fund of €15,000, went to Gary Landers, aged 31, founder of Instaglam Ltd. Instaglam offers clients a photography and live printing service, aimed particularly at large corporate events. The runner-up in this category, scooping a €5,000 investment fund, was Seany McCleary, aged 27, of Blasta Street Kitchen in Glaslough.

Gary Landers was also awarded the title of 'Best Young Entrepreneur' for Monaghan.

In the lead-up to the county Final, each finalist received targeted business supports through Local Enterprise Office Monaghan. They attended an intensive Business Boot Camp, receiving mentoring and support on their business plans, pitch training as well as getting the opportunity to connect with other young entrepreneurs from Monaghan.

John McEntegart, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Monaghan said: "As our winners clearly demonstrate, youth entrepreneurship is thriving here in Monaghan. IBYE is about discovering local potential and nurturing that talent through financial supports, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. In 2019, Local Enterprise Office Monaghan supported 25 young entrepreneurs through the IBYE competition and over 100 you entrepreneurs in total, since the competition began in 2014. We want to build on that success by supporting Monaghan's young entrepreneurs today and into the future."

The county winners from Monaghan will now progress to the regional finals, which will take place on 12th June. In all 24 national finalists will be selected at regional finals across the country to compete for the overall title of "Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur".

At the IBYE national final on Sunday 15th September, which takes place at Google's European Headquarters in Dublin, a €100,000 investment fund will be awarded to winners.

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