Waterford’s Best Young Entrepreneurs To Win €50,000 Investment

19 young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Waterford County final of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition 2019. Now in its fifth year, this nationwide competition invites 18-35 year olds who have a business idea, a start-up or an already established business to enter.

In order to help prepare the finalists for this stage of the competition, Waterford Local Enterprise Office hosted a two-day intensive business bootcamp in the Greenway Manor Hotel last weekend. The bootcamp is designed to help participants develop their ideas and businesses, to refine their business plans and prepare a pitch for delivery to the judging panel.

The awards ceremony will take place at Dooley's Hotel on the evening of Friday, April 26th, where three winners and three runners up from the shortlisted entrepreneurs will be announced. One of the 3 winners will also be nominated as Waterford's Best Young Entrepreneur. County Winners will go on to compete at Regional Finals and if successful, all the way to the National Finals.

Speaking about the upcoming IBYE county final, Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Waterford Local Enterprise Office said, "We know from past participants that the real value for them is in being part of the process. Taking part in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur challenges young business people to stop and really focus on where their business is now and where they can take it. The business planning, mentoring, advice and support they receive during the process is really valuable. They tell us that being part of IBYE helps them to build a network of fellow entrepreneurs and they often become trusted friends and advisors to each other".

The shortlisted finalists for Best Idea (pre trading) category are : Adam O' Brien (Phone-Dock); : Arnold Adomaitis (Overseer); Bryan Hurley (Needy Insights); Daniel Connolly (Defynd); Shana Chu (STYL.wrap); Shane Morrissey (ArchBuild CRM); Shane Ryan (Mairteoil); Sinead Gould (Kushty);

The shortlisted finalists for Best Start-Up Business (trading 18 months or less) category are : Abby Wood (The Content Lab); Aziz Hafed (Jobi.ma); Bernadette Power (Happy to Move with Food); Ivan Kiersey (Freezin' Friesian); Marc Power (Mohecan Male Grooming); Susan Furniss Radley (Dust + Rock).

The shortlisted finalists for Best Established Business (trading 18 months and over) category are : Amy Moran (Cupcake Couture); Conor Walsh (ENCON); Gary Walsh (Waterford Warriors Strength and Conditioning); Jonathan Shaw (Partyrock Travel); Shane O'Rourke (CBD Ireland); Stephen Lynch (Momentum Events).