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Congratulations to...
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2015
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James Foody of Ayda
Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur 2015

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James Foody of Ayda
Winner Best New Startup

James Keogh of Rathwood Ireland
Winner Best Established Business

Isolde Johnson of The Cool Bean
Winner of the Google Award

Blaine Doyle of GlowDX
Winner Best New Idea

Isolde Johnson of The Cool Bean Company
Winner of the Google Award

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The IBYE Competition
is a National Competition
To find Ireland's Best
Young Entrepreneur
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Looking for Ireland's Best
Young Entrepreneur 2015

Congratulations to Irelands Best Young Entrepreneurs 2015

The search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2015 has completed after an intensive selection process with over 1,400 applications received by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices from entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30, and with an outstanding idea/commercial venture for a start-up or established business

County Finals have been judged through the Local Enterprise Offices, leading to the naming of the Best Young Entrepreneur in each county.

Up to €50,000 will be awarded to 3 category winners in each county and over 400 young entrepreneurs have also won places at Business Bootcamps with mentoring supports, to further develop their business skills.

This was followed by eight regional finals, with one young business-person crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2015 on the 6th December at the National Finals in Google’s European HQ in Dublin.

And the overall winner is………….

€2 Million Investment Fund

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.


Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition 

€2 Million available in investment funds and targeted supports


The competition is broken down into three categories

Looking for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur

Testimonials from Last Years National Winners


Important Dates

Applications phase ends - 21st August 2015

Submit your application and optional video online before 21st August 2015.

Screening Process - August 2015

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

Entrepreneur Bootcamp - September 2015

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.

Final Pitch and County Finals - September/October 2015

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 - October 2015

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 - December 2015

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.

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