More Wicklow Young Entrepreneurs Wanted

“Participating in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition is an fantastic experience which will benefit your business”, says previous winner from Wicklow

More young entrepreneurs from Wicklow are wanted for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.

Sheelagh Daly from Local Enterprise Office Wicklow is calling on more young entrepreneurs with start-up ideas or existing businesses to enter this year’s IBYE competition before the September 29th deadline.

She said: “If you’re aged between 18 and 35, or know someone who is, we’re looking for more young entrepreneurs to enter this year’s IBYE competition to represent the county. We have  free training for all applicants, a €50,000 investment fund be shared by up to six local winners and lots of places to be won on Business Bootcamps later this year.”

Last year’s winners included Ken and Janet Carey, Discount Supplement of Kilcoole, Shane Bonner of Newmarket Kitchens Bray and Cathal O ‘Sullivan of Game X in Greystones.

Speaking about his IBYE experience, Shane Bonner from Newmarket Kitchen said: “The IBYE competition is an excellent opportunity to network and link with other young entrepreneurs and to learn from them and with them”

All Applicants will be invited to a Free Enterprise Training day on 28th October and of those who enter IBYE in Wicklow 15 finalists will be invited to participate in an intensive Business Bootcamp/ on 10th and 11th November to help them further develop their business ideas and management skills.

Now in its fourth year, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is run by the 31 LEOs across the country and is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D said: “I would encourage all young entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18 and 35, to talk to their LEO about the IBYE programme and the valuable supports available throughout the various stages of the competition.”

The three competition categories are ‘Best Business Idea’, ‘Best Start-Up Business’ and ‘Best Established Business’. Further details are available at and the deadline to enter online is September 29th 2017.

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