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Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur Westmeath County Winners Announced

Dean Gammell, DG Ventures named as Westmeath’s best young entrepreneur and wins investment of €20,000 for his GoIrishTours.com business venture

Dean Gamell, DG Ventures, Kinnegad’s GoIrishTours.com business arm has been named as Westmeath’s best young entrepreneur, and has won an investment of €20,000 as part of the €2million Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the Local Enterprise Offices.

At a function at Áras an Chontae, Mullingar on Friday, 25th September, awards were made for Westmeath’s best start-up, the best new idea, and the best add-on to an existing business, as well as an overall award for the best young entrepreneur in the county, and the winners and investments won were as follows:

Best New Idea with an investment prize fund of €10K went to Ayodele Onamusi, Mullingar towards his idea, Medilist Ireland.

IBYE Winner 2015 Best New Idea

Best Start up Business less than 24 months in operation with an investment prize fund of €20K went Conor Cochrane, Mullingar operating his business, Social Media Elite.

IBYE Winner 2015 Best Start Up Business

Best Established Business with an investment prize fund of €20K went to Dean Gammell, DG Ventures for his winning new business venture operating under DG Ventures, GoIrishTours.com

 IBYE Winner 2015 Best Established Business


Best Young Entrepreneur – Overall Winner went to Dean Gammell, DG Ventures, Kinnegad for his winning new business venture operating under DG Ventures, GoIrishTours.com

The three businesses will now go through to regional finals in Offaly in November where they will compete for the right to go through to the national finals and ultimately compete for the award of being named Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur at a ceremony to be hosted in December.

Marking the occasion, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said:

“Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start-up. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups, so if we are to create the jobs we need we must support more entrepreneurs to start new businesses. That is why we put in place the entrepreneurship forum chaired by Sean O’Sullivan and that is why we established the Local Enterprise Offices to provide more and better Government supports to businesses in one easily-accessible place at local level.

“Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people. That is what is behind this new competition to find the best young entrepreneur in Westmeath also ultimately Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. We have excellent start-ups and entrepreneurs in Ireland – we just don’t have enough of them. It is great to see so many excellent entrepreneurs and business-people in Westmeath getting involved in this competition, and I am delighted to congratulate the winners Medilist Ireland, Social Media Elite and GoIrishTours.com. I wish all three winners every success in the later stages of the competition – and wish all participants every success as they grow their businesses and contribute to the job-creation we need”. 

Mentoring, marketing and other supports will also be available to participating businesses at various stages of the competition.

The competition was open to individuals aged 30 and under and was judged under three distinct categories:

  • best new idea
  • best start-up business
  • best established business with new add-on 

The first stage is a county-based competition (run by the 31 LEOs) leading to the naming of the Best Young Entrepreneur in each county. This stage included boot camps and mentoring programmes. This will be followed by regional finals and ultimately national finals with one business-person being crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur before the end of the year.