We are looking for Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs – IBYE Competition 2015 is launched

The nationwide search begins for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur with €2million Investment Fund for 2015

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “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 have placed start-ups right at the centre of our Action Plan for Jobs, and put in place new measures like establishing a new system of easily-accessible supports through the Local Enterprise Offices.

“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 every county in Ireland also ultimately Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. Last year as part of the judging panel in the inaugural IBYE I was overwhelmed by the quality and the energy of the young business-people who took part in this competition. I firmly believe that IBYE can be a crucial means of encouraging more young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice and ultimately create jobs.

“I urge any person under 30 who has a business or a business idea to contact your local LEO or visit IBYE.ie and apply to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur for 2015”.

Speaking on behalf of the Local Enterprise Offices, Sheelagh Daly said: “The doors of the Local Enterprise Offices across the country are always open for anyone thinking of setting up a business or for those looking to grow their business here in Ireland. Through important initiatives, such as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, we’re looking forward to supporting more of our young people with their business ideas and start-ups ventures. Our advice for anyone thinking of getting involved in this year’s competition is to take the first step by simply getting in touch with your Local Enterprise Office to start your entrepreneurial journey.”

The deadline to apply for this year’s Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is Friday, July 31st and the full details are available through www.ibye.ie or by searching #IBYE on social media and YouTube.  Click on http://www.ibye.ie/ for more details.

So are you Aged between 18 and 30 with an outstanding idea/commercial venture for a start-up or existing business then you should enter the IBYE Competition. Almost any young person with a business/business idea can enter this competition. It doesn’t matter what your background is. Maybe you have been to University and researched a business idea, maybe you have always wanted to be your own boss, maybe you want to work for yourself, maybe you have an idea to improve your existing business or maybe you want to return home and set up your business in Ireland?

It doesn’t matter what you want to do all that matters is you have a good business idea that works.

The IBYE competition is a national competition to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur.

A €50,000 Investment Fund will be awarded to the Category Winners from each of the 31 Local Enterprise Offices, an Investment Fund of a further €100,000 is available for the winners of the IBYE National Final.

Dean Gammell, The Group System from Westmeath who won the Best Established Business Category in the IBYE National Final in 2014 says

"Entering the IBYE Competition in 2014 was the best business decision I have made to date. Not only was I supported with expert advice and guidance but it also allowed me to grow the business even faster through the Investment that I received. IBYE is an opportunity not to be missed by any young entrepreneur"