€150,000 investment fund for Cork entrepreneurs

Business | Fri 9 Oct | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured are the overall winners (L-R): Gail Condon, Writing For Tiny; Ian Kerins, head of Operations, Ayda; and Aimee Musgrave, Crunch at The Atrium at City Hall, Cork

The winners were chosen from 45 young entrepreneurs, shortlisted from almost 150 applicants as part of a nationwide search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE).

The winning businesses were chosen according to criteria including business investment needs, business prospects and the young entrepreneur themselves.

The winner in each category will receive significant investment in their business, with one overall winner in each of the regions receiving the accolade of ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’.

The 2015 winners in each of the three categories will now go forward to represent their respective LEO in a regional final in November, and if successful there, will fly the Cork flag at the national final where ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ will be crowned before the end of the year.

Adrienne Rodgers, head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Cork City, said: “Now in its second year, IBYE has once again unearthed a wealth of young entrepreneurs in Cork who we now need to nurture and support. The aim of this initiative is to encourage and support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in region, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage the establishment and development of new innovative businesses.”