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Eamon Keane of Xpreso from South Dublin who was announced today as 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur'

Eamon Keane of Xpreso from South Dublin who was announced today as 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur'

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, announced Eamon Keane (2nd from left) of Xpreso, South Dublin as 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' and winner in the 'Best Start Up' category, Dean Gammell (right) of The Group System from Co. Westmeath as winner of 'Best Established Business with Add On' and Philip Martin of Blanco Nino from Co. Tipperary as the winner of 'Best New Idea' at the first-ever 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' (IBYE) competition National Final, held at Google's European Headquarters in Dublin

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, announced Eamon Keane (2nd from left) of Xpreso, South Dublin as 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' and winner in the 'Best Start Up' category, Dean Gammell (right) of The Group System from Co. Westmeath as winner of 'Best Established Business with Add On' and Philip Martin of Blanco Nino from Co. Tipperary as the winner of 'Best New Idea' at the first-ever 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' (IBYE) competition National Final, held at Google's European Headquarters in Dublin

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Eamon Keane of Xpreso from South Dublin who was announced today as 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur'

The tedious wait for parcels, pizzas and every other deliveries could become a thing of the past thanks to one young Dubliner who has been crowned Ireland's best young entrepreneur.

Eamon Keane (28), who went to Templeogue secondary school and got six As in his Leaving Cert before going on to study engineering in UCD, fended off competition from more than 1,000 other entrants to land the €50,000 top prize.

Delivery

Eamon won the award for his start-up Xpreso, a programme that allows online customers to track precisely where their delivery is and when it will arrive.

"The idea came when I was waiting for a takeaway. I had ordered some Thai food online. Then an hour later when there was no sign of it, I was thinking 'did they get my order and where's my driver?'. Originally we were trying to tackle that whole pain of waiting when you're hungry," he told the Herald.

"Then we saw a better opportunity to apply it to the parcel sector because you could be waiting all day for a parcel."

Eamon co-founded the company in 2013 when he poured €10,000 of his own money into the project. It now employs eight people and will launch with a courier firm next month.

In addition to the overall, prize Eamon also took top spot in the Best Start Up Business category after pitching his company to a panel of judges and a crowd of 350 people at Google's headquarters in the Dublin Docklands.

It is the first year of the awards which was supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and received €2m in government funding.

The contest began earlier this year with competitions held in Local Enterprise Offices, with 24 winners across three categories competing in yesterday's grand finals.

Tortilla

Philip Martin, also from Dublin, took top prize in the Best New Idea category. His company Blanco Nino will be Europe's first all-natural, authentic corn tortilla and tortilla chip producer when he commences production in his Clonmel-based factory next March.

And Westmeath native Dean Gammell won in the 'Best Established Business' category.

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