Bevcraft Ltd named Best Start-Up Runners Up at IBYE National Final

Westmeath company BevCraft Ltd are named runners up in the Best Start up Category of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’


Minister Pat Breen announced the winners of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition at Google European HQ, Dublin on Sunday April 22nd. Westmeath LEO was delighted to have a runner up in the Best Start up Business category in Ciaran Gorman representing Bevcraft. Ciaran was delighted to be runner’s up this highly competitive competition and says “The team at Local Enterprise Office Westmeath have, from day one, provided practical support to Bevcraft which has provided a solid foundation for a business to grow and thrive”.

Bevcraft Limited (“Bevcraft”) is a specialised process and packaging business established by Ciarán Gorman and Darren Fenton to serve the rapidly growing craft beverage sector, including producers of; beer, cider, teas, coffees, health drinks and juices. Their mobile beverage canning service is the only Irish company offering this service.

Christine Charlton Head of LEO Westmeath said: “I want to congratulate and say a hearty 'well done' to Ciaran on being named runner up in this year’s IBYE Competition. It is a superb achievement”, Ciarán managed to beat out 93 Regional nominees to be selected as one of the 24 National Finalists who competed for the title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2018.

Conor O’Loughlin, originally from Athlone and representing Local Enterprise Office Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and his company Glofox a Gym and Fitness Studio Management Software App scooped the big award on the day when they were named as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE).

The competition, which is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland and run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices, attracted entries from over 1,800 18-to-35-year-olds, showcasing some of the country’s best and brightest business talent. 93 Regional nominees the 24 National Finalists emerged to compete for the title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2018.

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D., said: “Congratulations to all winners and I wish you all every success going forward in developing your businesses. Your success is critical to the future of our economy and job creation prospects. I believe that all finalists here, and indeed every one of the IBYE participants throughout all the stages of the competition will have taken something very positive away from your experiences over the last few months. IBYE is not just a competition, it is a training ground to guide and mentor young entrepreneurs through all the stages of developing and sustaining a business.”

Already through the competition, 180 entrants have won investments of between €3,000 and €15,000 each from their local LEO. The winners and runners-up will share €100,000 in investment funding.