Time for Longford entrepreneurs to shine

€50,000 investment fund for Young Entrepreneurs competition

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Time for Longford entrepreneurs to shine

Ann O'Reilly and Aine O'Reilly from Zobi fashion design consultancy pictured with Michael Nevin, Head of Enterprise Longford LEO at the Longford Business Expo 2018 in the Riverside Centre.

“It could be you!” so said Head of Enterprise Michael Nevin as he announced the launch of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 in Longford.

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

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Hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices around the country, the competition is staged in conjunction with the Dept. of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities of Ireland.

Now in its fifth year, this nationwide competition invites 18-35 year olds who have a business idea, a start-up or an already established business to enter.

Michael continues “Applying is quick and simple. It takes about 15 minutes, is free of charge and is done on www.IBYE.ie.

Shortlisted applicants take part in Business Bootcamps and compete in the County Final. Here in Longford 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.”

From there, County Winners go on to compete at Regional Finals and, if successful, all the way to the National Finals.
But it’s not all about the National Finals.

Michael explains “We know from past participants that the real value for them is in being part of the process. Taking part in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur challenges young business people to stop and really focus on where there business is now and where they can take it.

“The business planning, mentoring, advice and support they receive during the process is really valuable. They tell us that being part of IBYE helps them to build a network of fellow entrepreneurs and they often become trusted friends and advisors to each other.

“Finally, IBYE is often their first experience of getting media exposure, which is a really important in building profile.”

Longford LEO is looking forward to receiving applications from young entrepreneurs for the 2019 competition.

Apply now by visiting www.IBYE.ie. The closing date is Friday, March 15, but why wait? Get your application in today.

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