Budding entrepreneurs encouraged to enter innovative county competition

The search to find Westmeath’s ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ for 2019 has formally commenced with an investment fund of €50,000 to share between the winners of the ‘Best Business Idea’, ‘Best Start-Up’ and ‘Best Established Business’ categories.

The story will then continue for the successful candidate(s ) as they advance to a regional final, with a place in the national finals in September the ultimate goal.

Hosted by the local enterprise offices around the country, the innovative competition, now in its fifth year, is staged in conjunction with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities of Ireland.

“We’re looking for dynamic, innovative young business people to enter the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 competition in Westmeath. Who knows, you might make it all the way to the National Final in Google in September,” Westmeath Head of Enterprise, Christine Charlton, commented.

This nationwide competition invites 18-35 year olds who have a business idea, a start-up or an already established business to enter.

“Applying is quick and simple. It takes approximately fifteen minutes, is free of charge and is done on www.IBYE.ie Applicants are then invited to participate in an Enterprise Day hosted by the Local Enterprise Office. Shortlisted applicants take part in ‘Business Bootcamps’ and compete in the county final. Here in Westmeath, we have an investment fund of €50,000 to share between the winners of the ‘Best Business Idea’, ‘Best Start-Up’ and ‘Best Established Business categories’.”

Ireland’s ‘Best Young Entrepreneurs’ is one of the headline events each year for Local Enterprise Office Westmeath.

“The Local Enterprise Office is the first port of call for anyone in business, no matter what age they are. Hosting Ireland’s ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ each year allows us to connect with young entrepreneurs and explain to them the services and supports available to them to help accelerate their business growth. We are looking forward to receiving applications from young entrepreneurs for the 2019 competition and to meeting them at Enterprise Day. Apply now by visiting www.IBYE.ie,” Catherine Darby, Westmeath IBYE Co-ordinator, noted.

The closing date is Friday March 15.

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