Friday 22 March 2019

Last chance for young entrepreneurs!

The clock is counting down to the closing date for applications in the 2019 Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

The first stage of the competition will see Co Wicklow entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35 years who have an idea for a business or who are already running their own business compete across three categories: Best New Idea, Best Start Up and Best Established Business.

All entrants are invited to an enterprise day where there is business advice and mentoring on offer. From there, a shortlist of entrepreneurs will be invited to an intensive boot camp and will move forward the #IBYE County Final.

'We have a €50,000 prize fund to give away here in County Wicklow and we are looking for young entrepreneurs to enter in the three categories,' said Vibeke Delahunt, Head of Enterprise for Local Enterprise Office Wicklow.

The application process is quick, free and simple but applications must be made on or before Friday, March 15, at

'It takes 15 minutes to complete your application. If you have any difficulties at all, give our IBYE Coordinator, Annette Rowsome, a call on 0404 30800,' said Ms Delahunt.

LEO Wicklow has enjoyed considerable success in the IBYE competition in the past. Kate Dempsey of the Irish Mussel Seed Company, Maurice Sheehy of Fleet, Shane Bonner of Newmarket Kitchen and Cathal O'Sullivan of Game-X are all former IBYE regional winners from the Garden County while James Keogh from Rathwood took home the National title for Wicklow in 2015 in the Best Established Business category.

'We would love to see a young entrepreneur from #TeamWicklow making it to the national finals of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 in Google this year,' said Ms Delahunt. 'Come on: enter the competition today and, who knows, it could be you!'

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