Search is on for best young business sparks

The search is on for Mayo's Best Young Entrepreneur.

The competition, launched by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO ) Mayo, is open to individuals aged 30 and under and is searching for the county's Best New Idea; Best Start-Up and Best Established Business with a New Add On.

Winners will be eligible for an investment of up to €25,000 in their business and will also win a place in business bootcamp and business mentoring programmes.

Joanne Grehan, CEO of LEO Mayo, said the competition is open to any young person with a business idea whether they are a graduate, an already established entrepreneur or a young entrepreneur or business hopeful living abroad who would like to return home and set up their own business.

County winners will go on to compete at a national level and be in with a chance to win a €50,000 business investment.

“We are running a support clinic at the LEO Mayo offices in Castlebar on Monday, June 16, from 12 to 3 pm to assist anyone who is considering entering the competition,” said Ms Grehan. “We will have experts on hand to assist with explaining the assessment criteria and submission process.” 

Closing date for the submission of entry forms is June 30. For more information visit


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