The 2018 IBYE competition will be open to people aged between 18-35 across 3 categories:

  1. Best Idea (has an idea for a business but has not starting trading at time of application)*
  2. Best Start-Up Business (has started trading but in business 18 months or less)
  3. Best Established Business (has been trading for more than 18 months)

*NB: Trading is defined as deriving income from sales of the product or service provided by the business

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

  • Aged between 18 (at date of application) and 35 (at 31st December 2017).
  • Applicants aged under 18 at closing date for applications are not eligible to apply
  • The applicant must be the main promoter and owner of the business i.e. the applicant must have started or acquired the business and currently have a lead role in the business and a significant shareholding/ownership in the business.
  • Applicants must own, control and manage their business Intellectual Property where applicable.
  • Not for profit and social entrepreneurship applicants must operate in a commercial domain.
  • Applicants for Best New Idea that don’t have a permanent business address must enter the competition in the county which is their home address.
  • Applicants for all other categories must enter the competition in the county in which their business is located.
  • Previous 1st Place winners of IBYE at County or National level are excluded from applying in the same category in any County.
  • Applicants must be eligible to own, manage and operate a business in Ireland at the time of application.
  • Applicants from overseas are eligible to apply. Overseas applicants must identify which LEO they wish to be associated with and the applicant must be in a position to engage with the LEO in relation to evaluating their competition entry (e.g. site visit / skype interview), and be eligible to own and operate a business in Ireland at the time of application.
  • Applicants must submit an online application by the closing date of the 29th September 2017.
  • One project submission per applicant is allowed