Trophies were hard fought for this year at the Regional Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition

Westmeath, Laois, Kildare and Offaly’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs’ were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Westmeath’s Local Enterprise Offices on Wednesday 12thJune at Bloomfield House Hotel. The winners were chosen from 12 finalists, shortlisted from almost 218 applicants in the competition which was launched earlier this year by the LEO’s as part of a nationwide search to find “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE).

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The LEO Westmeath was represented by David Quirke of Wholesome Kitchen in the Best Business Idea Category, Mark Gaye of Paradigm Education and products in the Best Start Up Business Category and Shauna Coyne of SkyClad Ltd in the Best-Established Category.

 Emma Rose Conroy, Dr. Diane Cooper _ Pierce Dargan Winners

The winners who will go forward to the National Final are:

Best Business Idea Category                 Dr. Diane Cooper, True Fitness from Laois

Best Start Up Business                          Pierce Dargan, Equine MediRecord from Kildare

Best Established Business Category     Emma-Rose Conroy, EuroStallions Ireland Ltd from Offaly.

Emma Rose Conroy, Dr. Diane Cooper _ Pierce Dargan Winners

Now in its fifth year, IBYE is a nationwide campaign to celebrate Ireland’s young entrepreneurs and is open to individuals aged 18 to 35 who have an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.

24 contenders (three from each region nationally - one in each category) will be selected to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur on Sunday 15th of September 2019. A further €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national final - one of which will also be named as “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur”.

Eight regional finals are taking place across the country over the next few weeks in the search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019.

The Westmeath, Laois, Kildare and Offaly final was hosted by Ronan Berry and Cathaoirleach Paddy Hill was also in attendance to present the awards. Among the special guests at the awards ceremony were Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council, Pat Gallagher, Deputy Robert Troy TD and previous IBYE winners Liam Tutty of Dead Centre Brewing and Ciaran Gorman of Bevcraft Ltd. Ciaran Gorman, Bevcraft Ltd, Mullingar gave a resounding speech to the attendees on his journey since becoming a Runner-up at the National Finals of IBYE in 2018.

The regional winners will now proceed to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur on Sunday 15th of September 2019. A further €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national final - one of which will also be named as “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur”.

Speaking at the regional final Christine Charlton, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Westmeath said “We are delighted to have had such a positive response from so many strong candidates from Westmeath, Laois, Kildare and Offaly this year - it is fantastic to see so many young entrepreneurs here tonight with innovative ideas and businesses. The skills and knowledge gained by all involved in the competition we hope will stay with each participant and help grow their businesses even further. We are excited to see what will be in-store for our regional winners and we wish them every success in the upcoming national finals! IBYE is a remarkable platform that we hope will encourage and grow further young entrepreneurship and job creation in the region.”

Further details on the competition and supports available to young entrepreneurs are available through www.localenterprise.ieand www.ibye.ie.

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Release Date: 13thJune 2019

 

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Local Enterprise Office 044-9338945

 

 

Notes to Editor:

 

About IBYE:

 

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is an enterprise initiative run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) around the country and funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. A €2million investment fund is available through IBYE which supports young entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and direct financial investments.

 

Now in its fifth year, IBYE was open to people between the ages of 18 and 35 (at the date of application) with an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business, including: individuals, venture teams, partnerships, existing businesses with a new idea, or people overseas(including Irish emigrants) who will headquarter in Ireland.

 

Each LEO has a total fund of up to €50,000 to invest in six businesses (three category winners and three runners-up) according to criteria including businesses’ investment needs.

 

The three categories are as follows:

Best Business Idea(pre-trading) – up to €10,000 investment fund through every   LEO (€7,000 for category winner and €3,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)

Best Start-Up Business (In business 18 months or less), with up to €20,000 investment fund through every LEO (€15,000 for category winner and €5,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)

Best Established Business (trading for more than 18 months) with up to €20,000 investment fund through every LEO (€15,000 for category winner and €5,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)

 

There will be eight regional finals held from which 24 contenders (three from each region – one in each category) will be selected to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

 

A further €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national finals, one of which will also be named as “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

 

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