Under 30? Have a Business Idea? Become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2015

On Tuesday 2nd June,  Dan Neville TD, Chairman Fine Gael Parliamentary Party announced that The Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has launched a nationwide search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, with a total investment fund of €2m, available for young people throughout every county in Ireland.

“Aimed at those aged between 18 and 30, the competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland and the local enterprise offices.”

“I urge all young people with a start-up, or a business idea to apply through their Local Enterprise Office before 31st July.  The competition is free to enter and further information is available from the Local Enterprise Office at 7/8 Patrick Street, Limerick telephone number 061 407499, as well as at www.ibye.ie.  The first stage is a county based competition, with a closing date of 31st July through the Local Enterprise Office, leading to the naming of the Best Young Entrepreneur in each county.  This will be followed by eight regional finals, with one young businessperson being crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur later in the year, at the national finals in Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin before the end of the year.”

“Up to €50,000 will be awarded to three winners in each county.  The winners at national level can then receive up to an additional €50,000 and over 400 young entrepreneurs will also win places at Regional Business Boot Camps with mentoring supports, to further develop their business skills.”

“Over 1,000 applications were received, during last year’s highly successful inaugural competition.  400 young entrepreneurs took part in Business Boot Camps and 93 young entrepreneurs throughout each country of Ireland won cash investments for their businesses.  At the first ever national final last December at Google, Eamon Keane of Epreso Software in South Dublin clinched the overall title of “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur”, for his personal delivery software company, ahead of runners up from the tourism and foot sectors.”

“The aim of the initiative is to support a culture of entrepreneurialship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurialship as a career choice and to encourage Ireland’s young people to set up new businesses which will ultimately create jobs.”

“Part of the effort to attract applications from young people both in Ireland and abroad will be a comprehensive social media and marketing campaign.”

“The Taoiseach said when launching the nationwide campaign that “this government is determined to support jobs, enterprise and local recovery and make sure that work pays.  Our vision for Ireland is to be among the most entrepreneurial nations in the world and to be acknowledge as a world class environment in which to start and grow a business, including for young people with bright ideas.”  “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is a unique, interactive and challenging competition, but with clear and tangible results, from self-development and networking to the valuable financial aid available to category winners.  Increasing entrepreneurial activity is a core theme of the 2015 Action Plan for Jobs, with the aim of doubling the jobs impact of start-ups in Ireland over the next five years.”   Richard Bruton TD Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said “two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups, so if we are to create the jobs we need we must support more entrepreneurs to start new businesses.  That is why we have placed start-ups right at the centre of our Action Plan for Jobs and put in place new measures like establishing a new system of easy accessible supports through the Local Enterprise Offices.”

“I urge any person under 30 who has a business or a business idea to contact their Local Enterprise Office or visit ibye.ie and apply to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur for 2015.”