Minister Bruton unveils 24 finalists competing to be named as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. today unveiled the young people who are competing to be named as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition, in the national final on 7th December.

Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs, all aged between 18 and 30 and from every county in Ireland, applied for the first ever ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is being run by the Local Enterprise Offices.  24 finalists from 17 counties have now made it to the December national final at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin.

Launched earlier this year by Minister Bruton and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the nationwide competition forms part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, with a total €2million fund available to county winners and overall national winners, who each can win a total of up to €70,000 investment in their business.

Winners will be offered a place on the Google “Adopt a Startup” program 2015.

Announcing the names of the finalists and meeting them at their one-day business bootcamp in Wayra today, Minister Bruton said:

“Two thirds of all new jobs come from start-ups in their first five years of existence – that is why we have put in place a range of measures through our jobs plan to encourage more people to establish and grow new businesses in Ireland. A key part of this is encouraging more young people to consider starting a business as a career choice, and that is why we have put in place IBYE – to support, encourage, and celebrate our brilliant young entrepreneurs. The sheer energy and quality of the 24 entrepreneurs who will compete in the IBYE national final, having come through a competition involving over 1000 applicants, is hugely encouraging. I look forward to seeing more of them over the coming weeks as they compete to be named as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur”.

Minister Bruton unveils 24 finalists competing to be named as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur

Portable wind turbine machines, hydration bottles for runners and sprouting barley for animal feed are among the eight ideas shortlisted in the ‘Best New Idea’ category.

Electricity exchange, reconciliation software for the funds industry and stallion breeding services all made the final eight in the ‘Best Start Up Business’ category.

The final eight in the ‘Best Established Business with Add On’ category, features medical devices for monitoring breathing rates, youth communications and on-line fitness services.  The three category winners all have a chance to be crowned Ireland’s overall ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’.

The Minister will be joined at today’s business bootcamp by representatives of the Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland.

Sheelagh Daly of the Local Enterprise Offices highlighted the year-round supports that are on offer to young people thinking of setting up their own businesses.  She said: “The network of Local Enterprise Offices is a first stop shop for any new start-ups or small businesses looking to grow and expand. As well as one-to-one mentoring support and specialised training, the Local Enterprise Offices can also offer access to grants and loan facilities, to help get more businesses up and running.”

Further updates about ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ and YouTube videos for each of the national finalists are available through  or by searching #ibye on social media.

The official IBYE channel on YouTube is Videos generated by many of the finalists showcasing their businesses are available at this link.