Dublin City’s best young entrepreneurs have been announced this week at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.
Local Enterprise Office’s IBYE is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.
The competition is now in it’s fourth year where applicants can showcase their enterprise skills before the county, with the hope they’ll go all the way to the national competition.
2017 has seen over 1,500 applications nationwide, with the campaign showing no signs of slowing down.
Head of Enterprise in Dublin City, Greg Swift explained:
”The search to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur began in August. The calibre of entries was exceptionally high. The innovation, creativity, passion and determination demonstrated […] confirms that supporting fledgling businesses has such importance in terms of future enterprise and job creation in Dublin City.”There was joy for James McElroy of House My Dog in Dublin City as they were named winner of the Best Established Business award and also took home the Overall Winner award.
The Best Start Up category was a particularly hard-fought contest; Aimee Madden of CliniShift in Dublin City was named winner.
Many innovative new business concepts emerged in the Best Business Idea category but there could only be one winner who was named as Flavia Wahl of iBreve in Dublin City.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha stated: “The entrepreneurs here today are contributing to and shaping this enterprise eco-system for themselves, and for future generations.”
The three category winners go forward to the Regional Finals taking place in Dublin this January.
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