Young business people urged to enter Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition

Budding business people between the ages of 18 and 35 from across the North West are being urged to enter this year’s Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

Launched last week by Minister for Enterprise Frances Fitzgerald, there is €50,000 worth of prizes to be won across three separate categories at county level.

These include Best Start-Up, Best Established Business and Best Business Idea.

County winners in the first two categories will receive investments of up to €15,000 each with both runners-up receiving up to €5,000 each.

While the winner in the Best Business category will benefit from an investment package of up to €7,000 with the runner-up receiving €3,000 worth of investment.

Winners at county level will then progress to the regional finals early next year with the hope of moving on to the national finals in March.

Last year, Donegal based businesswoman Gillian Doyle was the toast of the region’s business world when she scooped the regional award for the Best Business Idea at the regional finals which took place in Sligo.

Gillian, from Portnoo, is the director and co-founder of Cerebreon Technologies, a company which specialises in high-end date analytics and business management systems.

Michael Tunney from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office says the competition is a ‘great opportunity’ for anyone starting of in the world of business.