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Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur
IBYE 2018....
is a national competition to find

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€2 million investment fund
and targeted business supports
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Looking for Irelands Best Young Entrepreneurs 2018
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Could you be Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur?

The search is underway to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs of 2018!

If you are aged between 18 and 35 and either have a business idea or have already started a business, enter #IBYE today for your chance to win a share of the €50,000 county investment fund through your Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

It’s free to enter and there are also hundreds of places on Business Bootcamps to be won.

Last year, more than 180 young entrepreneurs won investment funding of between €3,000 and €15,000 each for their business through #IBYE.

Apply online before the closing date – Friday, September 29th 2017.

We’re looking for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs of 2018 …..maybe it’s you!

€2 Million Investment Fund

A €50,000 Investment Fund will be awarded to the Category Winners and Runners-Up 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.

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Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition 

€2 Million available in investment funds and targeted supports

Apply Now

The competition is broken down into three categories

Looking for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur

Testimonials from previous IBYE Winners

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Important Dates

Application phase ends - 29th September 2017

Submit your application and optional video online before 29th September 2017.

Enterprise Day - October 2017

All applicants are invited to attend a full day event organised by their local LEO to include briefing on all LEO Supports, the competition stages and rules and judging criteria

Screening Process - October 2017

Applicants screened on assessment criteria. Participants selected for County Entrepreneur Bootcamp.

Entrepreneur Bootcamp - November 2017

County Finalists will enter into a specialised Entrepreneur Bootcamp to help develop their business skills and to build a viable business plan to commercialise the opportunity.

County Finals - December 2017

Participants from the Entrepreneur Bootcamp will submit their final business plan and make a pitch to the County Assessment Panel. This Panel will consist of a minimum of three judges to be selected by the Local Enterprises Office. Three Category Winners and from these Winners one overall County Winner will be selected. All three Winners will progress to the Regional Final.

Regional Finals - January/February 2018

In total 93 County Winners will progress to the Regional Finals. Each Regional Finalist will receive additional mentoring and business support prior to making a pitch to the Regional Assessment Panel. In total 24 Category Winners will be selected to progress to the National Final.

National Final - March 2018

The 24 Finalists will compete for the three National Category Awards for Best Business Idea, Best Start Up Business and Best Established Business. In addition Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur for 2018 will be announced.

Application Phase
Enterprise Day
Screening Process
Entrepreneur Bootcamp
Final Pitch and County Finals
Regional Finals
National Final