Tech Entrepreneur from Westmeath Wins ‘Best Established Business’ at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur National Final

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Minister Bruton announces winners at inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition in Dublin today, with €100,000 investment fund

Dean Gammell of The Group System has won the ‘Best Established Business’ award at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, winning a total €30,000 investment fund for his business through the Local Enterprise Offices. The Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton T.D. made the announcement in front of 350 guests at the first-ever national final, held at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin.

Supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the nationwide competition forms part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 with an overall investment fund of €2 million awarded to county winners and national winners.

Gammell’s company develops group booking software for the hospitality industry and is being supported by the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath.

The ‘Best Start Up’ award and overall title of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’, with the €50,000 investment prize, went to Eamon Keane of Xpreso Software in South Dublin; the ‘Best New Idea’ award and €20,000 investment prize went to Philip Martin of Blanco Nino in Tipperary.

Each of the three finalists also wins a place at the Google ‘Adopt a Start Up’ programme next year. Meanwhile, the Google award for ‘Best Online Promotion of a Business’ went to Padraig O’ Scanaill, from Fund Recs in Waterford.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D said: “In Ireland we have great entrepreneurs – we just don’t have enough of them. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups and so we must encourage more young people to consider starting a business as a career choice – to become the job-creators of the future.

“We began the first-ever search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur last May, to support, encourage and celebrate the people who start the businesses that Ireland needs. Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs responded to the call and 400 of those have participated in bootcamps and mentoring programmes around the country since then.

“On behalf of the Government, I’d like to congratulate Dean Gammell from The Group System on winning the ‘Best Established Business’ award. But more importantly, I’d like to congratulate all 24 finalists – and all 1000 young people who entered this competition. I’ve been personally massively inspired by the energy, commitment and sheer quality of these young business-people. We are relying on these young entrepreneurs to create the jobs of tomorrow, and I am determined to ensure that Government supports them in every way possible on their journey.”

Christine Charlton of the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath congratulated the young entrepreneur, saying:    “We are all incredibly proud of what Dean and The Group System have achieved. Since the doors of the Local Enterprise Office first opened for business earlier this year, we’ve been supporting many entrepreneurs and new start-ups, just like The Group System, helping them on their business journey. For those young entrepreneurs involved in this year’s competition and for anyone else considering starting a business, the doors of the Local Enterprise Office are always open.”

In all, 24 finalists from 17 counties competed for the overall title and 9 of them made a live pitch to the judging panel at today’s final round at the Foundry in Google. This year’s judging panel included two entrepreneurs: Sarah Doyle of Kinesense and Brian Crowley of the TTM Group, alongside Colin Goulding of Google, Mary Fitzpatrick of the Local Enterprise Offices and Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland.

Details for all the finalists are available at www.ibye.ie and by searching #ibye on social media and YouTube.                                                                                                                                                  

ENDS

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National Finalists: Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2014 (in order of their judging interviews)

 

National Finalists for #IBYE

Category

Name/Company Name

Local Enterprise Office

Best New Idea

Ellevyn Irwin of Click Clinic

LEO Donegal

Best New Idea

Lukas Decker of Coindrum

LEO Dublin City

Best New Idea

Rebecca Butler of Uisce Bia

LEO Westmeath

Best New Idea

Mark O’Reilly Complete Receipt

LEO Cavan

Best New Idea

Ian Coleman of Life Bites

LEO Wexford

Best New Idea

Dara Lynch of Twizt Hydration

LEO Galway

Best New Idea

Darren Hayes of D.A. Renewable Energy

LEO Cork City

Best New Idea

Philip Martin of Blanco Nino

LEO Tipperary

Best Start Up

Padraig O’ Scanaill of Fund Recs

LEO Waterford

Best Start Up

Dr Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange

LEO Limerick

Best Start Up

Niamh Cunningham of Irrelevant Fish

LEO Roscommon

Best Start Up

Micheál Savage of Lir Analytical Ltd

LEO Longford

Best Start Up

Michael Noble of Noble Education

LEO Wicklow

Best Start Up

Steven Murphy of Old Carrick Mill

LEO Monaghan

Best Start Up

Emma-Rose Conroy of Euro Stallions

LEO Offaly

Best Start Up

Eamon Keane of Xpreso

LEO South Dublin

Best Established Business

Myles Murray of PMD Solutions

LEO South Cork

Best Established Business

Tom Ryan of Adsmart

LEO Tipperary

Best Established Business

Niamh O’Neill of Niamh O’Neill

LEO Louth

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

Dean Gammell of The Group System

LEO Westmeath

Best Established Business

Rhona Togher of Restored Hearing Ltd

LEO Sligo

Best Established Business

James White of Youth Nation

LEO Dublin City

 

 

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