Participants in Louth’s IBYE Business Boot-Camp 2016.
It may be the smallest county in Ireland but over the years Louth has produced more than its share of big-hitters when it comes to business and, if our past performances in the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition are anything to go by, that tradition is set to continue.
“Louth has a great track record in this competition” said Sarah Mallon of the Local Enterprise Office Louth, “and now we’re looking for young Louth people to participate in the 2018 competition.”
The annual Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition is open to people, aged under 35, who have a business idea, a start-up or an established business.
Past winners from Louth include Roisin Hogan of Hiro by Roisin, whose healthy ready meals are gracing supermarket shelves all over Ireland and the UK. Roisin made it to the national finals last year and scooped second prize in the Best Start-Up category.
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Another national finalist from Louth is Mark Reilly of Aphix Software, whose innovative online stock management platform recently announced the creation of 25 new jobs in Drogheda.
Margaret Robb of Sweet Little Babies in Dundalk is a past winner of the Best-Established Business category in Louth. She is taking the retail and online market by storm with her fresh, parent-centred approach to baby products.
The competition starts at county level. After completing a simple online application form, shortlisted entrants are invited to participate in intensive boot-camps to help them develop their business. Participants then submit their business plan and are interviewed.
Each county will name a winner in each of the three categories and has a prize fund of €50,000 to invest in the winners and runners up. County winners go forward to Regional Finals and, if successful, to the National Finals at Google in March.
“The closing date for applications is Friday 29th September. The process is simple and takes about 15-20 minutes. The team in Local Enterprise Office Louth are here to help if you have any questions. You can find out more by visiting www.ibye.ie” Sarah said.
“And don’t forget, if you know a young person with a great idea, or their own business please do encourage them to get involved. Your encouragement might be just what they need to get started.”
Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur is run by the Local Enterprise Office and you can find out more about the supports that they offer to business in Louth by visiting www.localenterprise.ie/Louth.
2016 IBYE winner Roisin Hogan on stage at Google HQ during the National Finals.