Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Competition (IBYE) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition?

Your Local Enterprise Office is looking for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition is open to anybody aged 18 – 35 with a business idea, a start-up or an existing business add on. It doesn’t matter what you want to do or what background you have – all that matters is that you have a good business idea that works.

What is the eligibility criteria?

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 the 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

What are the entry categories?

Entry Categories
1. Best Business Idea – pre trading
2. Best Start Up Business – up to 18 months
3. Best Established Business – over 18 months

When and where can I apply?

You can apply anytime from now until the 29th September 2017. You can apply online

I've submitted my application what happens next?

When you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirmation from your Local Enterprise Office. Post the closing date of the 29th September 2016 applicants will be selected for the County Entrepreneur Bootcamp. You will be advised if you have been selected.