Local Young Entrepreneur Meets Minister Bruton ahead of National Final

Myles Murray IBYE 2014 National FinalistThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. has met Myles Murray from PMD Solutions, a national finalist in this year’s ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition.

Myles Murray is being supported in the competition by the Local Enterprise Office South Cork.

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 all 31 Local Enterprise Offices.  

24 finalists from 17 counties have now made it to the national final and the announcement of winners will take place on Sunday, December 7th 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.

Minister Bruton met Myles Murray at the one-day business bootcamp at Wayra in Dublin, saying:  “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”.

Sean O’ Sullivan, Head of Local Enterprise Office South Cork highlighted the year-round supports that are on offer to young people thinking of setting up their own businesses, saying:  “The Local Enterprise Office 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 Office can also offer access to grants and loan facilities, to help get more businesses up and running.”

IBYE 2014 National Finalists

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

The official IBYE channel on YouTube is https://www.youtube.com/user/IBYEire. Videos generated by many of the finalists showcasing their businesses are available at this link.

#IBYE Competition Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is run by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), and the winners at county level are eligible for an investment in their business of up to €20,000, while the winners at national level can receive an additional investment of up to €50,000. Winners of individual categories can also win additional investments in their businesses.

Mentoring, marketing and other supports are also available to participating businesses at various stages of the competition. The competition is open to individuals aged 30 and under and will be judged under three distinct categories:

  • Best new idea (best idea for a new business)
  • Best start-up business (in business for 18 months or less)
  • Best established business with new add-on (in business for longer than 18 months and is adding a new dimension to their business).

The first stage was a county-based competition (run by the 31 LEOs) which led to the naming of the Best Young Entrepreneur in each county. This stage also included bootcamps and mentoring programmes. This was followed by eight regional finals. At the national final, one businessperson will be crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

National Finalists: Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2014

National Finalists for #IBYE

 

Category

Name/Company Name

Local Enterprise Office

Best New Idea

Dara Lynch of Twizt Hydration

LEO Galway

Best New Idea

Ian Coleman of Life Bites

LEO Wexford

Best New Idea

Darren Hayes of D.A. Renewable Energy

LEO Cork City

Best New Idea

Lukas Decker of Coindrum

LEO Dublin City

Best New Idea

Rebecca Butler of Uisce Bia

LEO Westmeath

Best New Idea

Ellevyn Irwin of Click Clinic

LEO Donegal

Best New Idea

Mark O’Reilly Complete Receipt

LEO Cavan

Best New Idea

Philip Martin of Blanco Nino

LEO Tipperary

Best Start Up

Niamh Cunningham of Irrelevant Fish

LEO Roscommon

Best Start Up

Michael Noble of Noble Education

LEO Wicklow

Best Start Up

Padraig O’ Scanaill of Fund Recs

LEO Waterford

Best Start Up

Eamon Keane of Xpreso

LEO South Dublin

Best Start Up

Emma-Rose Conroy of Euro Stallions

LEO Offaly

Best Start Up

Micheál Savage of Lir Analytical Ltd

LEO Longford

Best Start Up

Steven Murphy of Old Carrick Mill

LEO Monaghan

Best Start Up

Dr Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange

LEO Limerick

Best Established Business

Pat Divilly of Pat Divilly Fitness

LEO Galway

Best Established Business

Shane Byrne & Philip Kirwan of Showoff

LEO Wicklow

Best Established Business

Myles Murray of PMD Solutions

LEO South Cork

Best Established Business

James White of Youth Nation

LEO Dublin City

Best Established Business

Dean Gammell of The Group System

LEO Westmeath

Best Established Business

Rhona Togher of Restored Hearing Ltd

LEO Sligo

Best Established Business

Niamh O’Neill of Niamh O’Neill

LEO Louth

Best Established Business

Tom Ryan of Adsmart

LEO Tipperary

 

 

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