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 winner of the IBYE National Final.
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.
The IBYE Competition was a fantastic opportunity to engage with fellow young entrepreneurs. The competition enabled us to develop our business plan with assistance from the Local Enterprise Office and to fine tune our investment proposal. I would highly recommend the IBYE Competition to any young entrepreneur looking to set up or develop their business.
Partaking in the IBYE competition and winning the national title was a truly incredible experience and will not be soon forgotten. I learnt a great deal about myself, met some fantastic people who I now call friends and built and developed a deeper understand of my business that has resulted in far reaching benefits.
Submit your application and optional video online before 21st August 2015.
Applicants screened on assessment criteria. Participants selected for County Entrepreneur Bootcamp.
County Finalists will enter into a specialised Entrepreneur Bootcamp to help develop the skills required to take an entrepreneurial idea from concept stage to reality and to build a viable business plan to commercialise the opportunity.
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.
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.
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 2015 will be announced.