Waterford’s Robbie Skuse in contention for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Title

Co-founder of the innovative waste collection company ‘Kollect’, Robbie Skuse is about to take part in the final stages of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

Robbie was shortlisted for the Waterford County final along with 17 other candidates having participated in a rigorous interview and bootcamp process; he then went on to win the Waterford title, which saw him qualify for the competitive Regional finals. At the regional finals he competed with 93 other County Finalists for a coveted place at the upcoming National Final where Robbie will now go up against 23 other young entrepreneurs from all across the country, all vying for the overall title.

The 24 Finalists will compete for the three National Category Awards for Best Business Idea, Best Start Up Business and Best Established Business. In addition Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur for 2018 will also be announced.

On Thursday, March 1st the National Final Judging Day will take place at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Kildare Street, Dublin. On Friday, March 2nd the IBYE Finalists are invited to attend Google’s ‘First Friday for Start Ups’ event. This daylong event takes place at Dogpatch Labs at CHQ, Dublin and includes masterclasses and networking and on Sunday, March 4th the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Final takes place at Google where the category winners and the overall winner will all be announced.

Commenting on the upcoming event Head of Enterprise at Waterford's Local Enterprise Office Richie Walsh, “We had a huge number of really impressive applications for IBYE participation in Waterford. The number of young entrepreneurs in the city and the county who are creating and building successful enterprises is phenomenal. It is our role at the LEO in Waterford to assistant and to guide these new businesses in order to help them to reach their greatest potential and we are very proud to be working with Robbie and his team at Kollect in that respect.

We would like to wish him the very best of luck; it is already an enormous accolade to reach the national final stage and we are very confident that this young entrepreneur has what it takes to go all the way.”

Robbie's business Kollect was launched in 2015; its business model is an on-demand waste collection service for bin collections, junk and skip hire. Their company mission is to create simple, convenient and efficient ways to collect and recycle waste, innovating customer service and creating consumer delight. Customers book waste collections through Kollect's booking engine and they then subcontract to their waste collection partners. The company employs 14 people locally. Robbie won the ‘Best Established Business' category in the county competition and he was also announced as the overall county winner.

Robbie is counting down to the national final, he offers much credit to the Waterford LEO team, “I’ve been working with the Waterford Local Enterprise Office since 2015 and I have always found them to be extremely helpful; whether it is for funding or mentoring assistance, they have been there to help me along this entrepreneurial journey.”

The Best Young Entrepreneur competition is now in its fourth year and is run by Waterford Local Enterprise Office. News, results, and updates for ‘Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' competition is available through www.ibye.ie, and by following #IBYE on social media #TeamWaterford.