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Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur
IBYE ....
is a national competition to find
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€2 million investment fund
and targeted business supports
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Irelands Best Young Entrepreneurs 2018
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Overall Winner IBYE 2018
Conor O’Loughlin, Glofox

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Conor O’Loughlin, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2018

Conor O’Loughlin and his company Glofox representing Local Enterprise Office Dun Laoghaire Rathdown took home the top award after also winning his national category, Best Established Business, and securing a total investment fund of €40,000.

The other IBYE National Final category winners were Brendan Boland of Loci Orthopaedics representing Local Enterprise Office Galway who won Best Business Idea and Alan Hickey of WeBringg representing Local Enterprise Office Fingal who won Best Start-Up Business.

The runners-up in each of the categories were Joe Perrott of Remote Signals and Kevin Kelleher of Ostoform in the Best Business Idea category with both securing a €4,000 investment fund. In the Best Start-Up Business the runners up were Ciaran Gorman of BevCraft and Jessica Kavanagh of Olann who both secured a €5,000 investment fund.

In the Best Established Business the runners up were Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange and Robbie Skuse of Kollect.ie. They will both receive an investment fund of €5,000.

The winner of the Google Award for Best Online Promotion of a Business Award went to Matthew McCann and Access Earth. He receives €1,000 worth of Google Ad Words Credit and 13 weeks in a Google mentoring programme.

€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.

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 previous IBYE Winners

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Important Dates

Application phase

Submit your application and optional video online

Enterprise Day

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

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

Entrepreneur Bootcamp

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

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

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

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