Three young entrepreneurs from South Dublin went head-to-head with entrepreneurs from Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown at the Regional Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition, which took place on Wednesday at the Westbury Hotel in the city centre.
Local Enterprise Office South Dublin were represented at this year’s Regional Final by:
· Darragh Mason, age 35 of Dublin Mountain Design, Boden Park (Best Business Idea Category).
· Aonghus Shortt, age 31 of Food Marble, Glendown, Templeogue (Best Start-Up Business Category).
· Kyle McLoughlin, age 26 of Irish Garage Equipment, Rathcoole (Best Established Business Category).
The three category winners, who were selected by the judging panel and who have gone forward to the National Final, were announced by the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D. on the night.
Brian Henderson, Baon Diagnostics, from Dublin City in the Best Business Idea Category,
Samuel Dennigan, Strong Roots, from Dublin City in the Best Start-Up Category
Ciara Clancy, Beats Medical, from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in Best Established Business Category.
These young entrepreneurs now have the opportunity, along with 21 other national finalists, to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and share in a €100,000 winners’ investment fund.
Speaking at the IBYE Regional Final, Minister Breen T.D. said:
“IBYE is not just a competition, it is a training ground to guide and mentor young entrepreneurs through all the stages of developing and sustaining a business.
“The aim of the initiative is to support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage young people to set up new businesses which will ultimately create and sustain jobs.
“What we have witnessed here this evening is the proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well across Fingal, Dublin City, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
“We need more of this energy and commitment in order to create and sustain more jobs across the regions”.
Colm Ward, the Head of Local Enterprise Office South Dublin, congratulated the local entrepreneurs, saying:
“Our search to find and support Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs, which started last September, has turned up some incredible business talent.
“Our local entrepreneurs are the business leaders of the future and the entrants in the competition have all shown innovation and drive.
“After a very successful bootcamp, County Final and now Regional Final, the Region will be proudly represented by Dublin City and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the ultimate stage of the competition – the IBYE National Final in March.”
Judging takes place in early March and each finalist will have the opportunity to pitch their business plan to the judging panel.
They will be assessed on criteria such as the level of innovation in their business, the potential for future job creation and their leadership skills.
Aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds, the IBYE initiative is run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) nationwide, and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.
The investment awards will be used by the young entrepreneurs to help fund business start-ups, create new jobs locally and help develop new products for international markets.
Competition details and results are available from www.ibye.ie and information around the supports available to young entrepreneurs through the Local Enterprise Offices is available from www.localenterprise.ie