€50,000 Investment Fund For Young Entrepreneurs Competition.
“It could be YOU”. So says Head of Enterprise, Tom Banville, as he announced the launch of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 in County Wexford. “We’re looking for dynamic, innovative, young business people to enter the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 competition in Wexford. Who knows, you might make it all the way to the National Final in Google in September!” said Tom.
Hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) around the country, the competition is staged in conjunction with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities of Ireland. Now in its fifth year, the nationwide competition invites 18-35 year olds who have a business idea, a start-up or an already established business to enter.
Tom continued “Applying is quick and simple. It takes about 15 minutes, is free of charge and is done on www.IBYE.ie. Applicants are invited to participate in an Enterprise Day hosted by the Local Enterprise Office. From there, shortlisted applicants take part in Business Boot Camps before going forward to compete in the County Final, with an investment fund of €50,000 to share between the winners in Best Business Idea, Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories.”
County Winners go on to compete at Regional Finals and, if successful, all the way to the National Finals. But Tom is quick to point out that it’s not all about the National Finals. “We know from speaking with past participants that the real value for them is in being part of the process. Taking part in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur challenges young business people to stop and really focus on where their business is now and where they can take it. The business planning, mentoring, advice and support they receive during the process is really valuable. IBYE helps them to build a network of fellow entrepreneurs and they often become trusted friends and advisors to each other. Finally, IBYE is often their first experience of getting media exposure, which is really important in building profile.”
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs is one of the headline events hosted by Wexford’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) - the first port of call for anyone in business or thinking of starting a business. Hosting Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur each year allows Wexford LEO to connect with young entrepreneurs and explain to them the services and supports available to them to help accelerate their business growth.
Closing date is for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is Friday 15 March 2019. But why wait? Apply today by visiting www.IBYE.ie.