Ross Lawless from Arklow was named the winner in the best start-up category in the regional Best Young Entrepreneurs awards. He will now compete to be named Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur'(IBYE) in the upcoming national final.
Ross is co-founder of CALT (Computer Aided Life Technology) Dynamics. They develop and design technologies like 3D printers, vertical farming systems and communication technologies.
The Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, and Wicklow Region's Best Young Entrepreneurs were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Carlow's Local Enterprise Office on June 19 at the Stephouse Hotel in Borris. The winners were chosen from 12 finalists, shortlisted from almost 157 applications.
Now in its fifth year, IBYE is a nationwide campaign to celebrate Ireland's young entrepreneurs and is open to individuals aged 18 to 35 who have an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.
Ross will go forward to represent the Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow region in the national competition which will be held on Sunday, September 15. A €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national final. One will also be named as "Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur".
Wicklow's competitor in the 'Best Business Idea' category was Billy O'Neill from Aeroforms and the competitor in the 'Best Established Business' category was David Benko from Acoustic Materials.
Vibeke Delahunt, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Wicklow said 'we are delighted to have had such a positive response from so many strong candidates from Wicklow this year.'
Each LEO has a total fund of up to €50,000 to invest in six businesses (three category winners and three runners-up) according to criteria including businesses' investment needs.