Wexford's Best Young Entrepreneurs

Are you Wexford's Best Young Entrepreneur?

There is €50,000 of investment to be won across three categories in County Wexford's 'Best Young Entrepreneur' competition which is part of the national 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' (IBYE) competition:

Best Business Idea (pre-trading)
Winner = €7,000
Runner-up = €3,000

Best Start-up (trading for no longer than 18 months)
Winner = €15,000
Runner-up = €5,000

Best Established Business (trading for longer than 18 months)
Winner = €15,000
Runner-up = €5,000

Winners of the County Wexford competition go on to compete in the regional and national IBYE competitions as part of #TeamWexford where further investment for your business is up for grabs!

The application phase for the 2017/2018 IBYE competition is now closed.

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2016 County Wexford IBYE  Winners

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With more entries than ever before received at county level, last year's IBYE county competition was tough with many great ideas and businesses presented to the judging panel.

The amount of capable and exciting young entrepreneurs the competition exposed bodes well for the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in County Wexford.

The county winners across the three categories are pictured above:

Ronan McGrath won the Best Start-Up category and a prize of €15,000 in investment for his company, Elevation Construction Network.

Jack Harte won the Best Established Business category and a prize of €15,000 in investment for his company, Harte Outdoor Lighting.

Mark Rowe won the Best Business Idea category and a prize of €7,000 in investment for his company, DynoMed.

The three winners above made up #TeamWexford and represented the county in the regional stage of the IBYE competition in early 2017.

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2015 County Wexford IBYE Winners

                          Wexford IBYE Winners           

 

Richard Murphy – MyMoodandMe – Winner of Best Idea Richard Murphy

Having previously entered the 2014 Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, Richard came back this year with a new business idea which he has named ‘MyMoodandMe’. This exciting new online health and holistic platform has already garnered interest from major health professionals. A qualified personal trainer and nutritional advisor, he has teamed up with a psychologist and a marketing intern to form the MyMoodandMe team. Follow them on Twitter, @mymoodandme to learn more.

 

Ian ColemanIan Coleman – LifeBites – Winner of Best Start-up

Ian Coleman previously won the 2014 County and Regional Finals in the Best Idea category. He was the sole representative for Wexford at the National IBYE Finals and since then his business idea has gone from strength to strength. LifeBites is a web platform for dietitians. The business aims to bring dietitians and the general public together. All dietitians are HSE-recognised, professionally indemnified clinicians, with a minimum of a BSc in dietetics. To learn more visit www.lifebites.ie

 

 

DiarDiarmaid Ó Súilleabháinmaid Ó Súilleabháin – D O Sullivan Consulting Engineers – Winner of Best Established Business

Diarmaid started his company in 2009 as a sole trader in Gorey. In 2011 the business was converted to a Limited Company. In the years since its establishment the company has grown to a team of 8. The team carry out a wide variety of services including fire safety, structural engineering and architectural design. Some well-known clients include the Department of Education, Wexford County Council and Avoca Handweavers. Diarmaid plans to use his €20,000 prize to fund the purchasing of capital equipment which he hopes will create further employment opportunities in his company.

 

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