Galway winners reach ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ national final

Two young Galway entrepreneurs have won a place at the first-ever national final of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, for a chance to share a €100,000 investment fund.

Dara Lynch from Twizt Hydration is representing the region in the Best New Idea category at the national final in Dublin this December and has already won €10,000 in investment from the Local Enterprise Office, Galway.

Pat Divilly from Pat Divilly Fitness is representing the region in the Best Established Business category at the national final in Dublin this December and has already won €20,000 in investment from the Local Enterprise Office, Galway. Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.

Last week, three local business owners and new start-ups from Mayo; Roscommon and Galway all under the age of 30, went head-to-head with other county winners.

The Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office, Galway, Breda Fox said: “We are very proud and honoured to have a representative at the national final in December, as over 1,000 businesses entered from every county in Ireland and competition for every place was intense.

“Our finalist now has a chance of being crowned ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ and to win additional investment of up to €50,000 in their business. We’d also like to congratulate all our other nominees and entrants, who ‘flew the flag’ for us at the county and regional finals and we look forward to supporting their businesses into the future,” said Ms Fox.

For all the latest news and updates about the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, visit www.ibye.ie , www.localenterprise.ie or search #ibye on social media.

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