South Dublin’s best young entrepreneurs were announced this week at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition and Tallaght was well represented.
Run by the Local Enterprise Offices, IBYE is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. Now in its 4th year, this year attracted almost 1,500 applications nationwide.
Colm Ward, Head of Enterprise in South Dublin explained:
“The search to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur began back in August and we were delighted with the calibre of entries.
“After a very successful Enterprise Day, Bootcamp and County Final, I’m pleased to confirm that the future of enterprise and job creation in South Dublin is bright.”
There was joy for Sarah Kiely, aged 30 of Sadie’s Kitchen in Walkinstown as they were named winner of the Best Established Business award. They were joined by Michael Higgins, aged 35 of Speedpin in Clondalkin, who took the runner up title in this category.
The Best Start Up category was a particularly hard-fought contest. Jane Aspel, (pictured above) aged 30 of Emma By Jane in Tallaght was named winner while Shane O’Sullivan, aged 23 of OS Big Picture Productions in Palmerston was named runner-up.
Many innovative new business concepts emerged in the Best Business Idea category. The winner was John Maguire, (pictured above) aged 31 of Sensation Audio in Synergy Centre, IT Tallaght while Barry Sheahan, aged 31 of Active Health in Templeogue scooped the runner up title.
John Maguire of Sensation Audio was named the Overall Winner of IBYE for South Dublin.
The adjudicators in this year’s competition were Niamh Sherwin Barry of The Irish Fairy Door Company, David McDonnel of Visual ID and Colm Ward, Head of Enterprise, LEO South Dublin. The awards ceremony was attended by other special guests including Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr. Paul Gogarty, Cllr. Charlie O’Connor, Chair of the Economic Development, Enterprise & Tourism Strategic Policy Committee in South Dublin County Council, Daniel McLoughlin Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council and Peter Byrne, Chief Executive, South Dublin Chamber.
IBYE Co-ordinator for LEO South Dublin, Amanda Mills concluded
“Each of the winners and runners-up will share in an investment fund of up to €50,000 from the Local Enterprise Office to help grow and develop their business.
“The 3 category winners go forward to the Regional Finals in Dublin in January. The team in Local Enterprise Office South Dublin will be providing intensive supports between now and then to prepare them for the regionals and hopefully South Dublin will have a representative at the IBYE National Finals in March.”
Stay up to date with the competition by following on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube. Find out more about supports available to entrepreneurs of all ages by visiting www.localenterprise.ie.