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Best New Startup
Samuel Dennigan of Strong Roots

Best New Idea
Alvan Hunt of Hexafly

Best Established Business
Ciara Clancy Beats Medical

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Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2016
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Looking for Irelands Best Young Entrepreneurs 2016

The IBYE competition is a national competition to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur.

A total of 180 talented entrepreneurs across every county in Ireland, aged between 18 and 35, have been awarded funding through the Local Enterprise Offices after winning, or becoming runners up, in IBYE County Finals.

Up to 24 entrepreneurs were selected at eight IBYE Regional Finals to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur

€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 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


Important Dates

Application phase ends - 14th October 2016

Submit your application and optional video online before 14th October 2016.

Screening Process - October 2016

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

Entrepreneur Bootcamp - November 2016

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 2016

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 2017

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 2017

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 2016 will be announced.

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