The latest search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) is getting underway in County Roscommon this week, through Local Enterprise Office Roscommon.
With a €2million investment fund available, including a €50,000 investment fund for County Roscommon winners, the enterprise initiative from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland attracted 1,400 applications across the country last year and supported over 450 young entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and direct financial assistance.
Announcing the start of this year’s programme, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. said: “The quest to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is one of the most exciting initiatives to create new businesses and new jobs in recent years.
“IBYE generates that ‘can-do’ spirit in which young people excel. I want to foster that spirit and to demonstrate that there is help out there for any young person that wants to take a risk and start their own business.
“The first-stop-shop to get advice and support on starting a business is your Local Enterprise Office. I want to congratulate the Local Enterprise Offices on rolling out IBYE and I look forward to meeting Ireland’s young entrepreneurs up and down the country.
“I would encourage all young entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18 and 35 to talk to their Local Enterprise Office about the IBYE programme and discuss their business ideas.”
To enter, young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 in County Roscommon are being asked to visit the competition website at www.ibye.ie, to submit their entry online. The closing date to enter is Friday, October 14th and there is no entry fee.
Last year’s winners
The competition is now in its third year and last year’s local winners were: Enda Mahon, Mahon Solutions, Ballymoe in the Best Business Idea category; Mark Bannon & Will Ferguson, VT NETWORKS, Bealnamulla, Athlone in the Best Start-Up Business category and Oz Ibrahmi, HEX CNC, Knockvicar, Boyle in the Best Established Business category. The county’s Best Young Entrepreneur for 2015 was Oz Ibrahmi of HEX CNC.