Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition Open

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition Open Day

Search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is underway in Sligo €50,000 investment fund to support young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35.

Local Enterprise Office Sligo has launched its search for Sligo’s Best Young Entrepreneur of 2018.  The IBYE Competition is open to entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 who have a business idea, start-up business or established business. 

As part of the competition, Local Enterprise Office Sligo has a €50,000 investment fund for the County winners of the competition. County winners in the ‘Best Start-Up’ and ‘Best Established Business’ categories will receive €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive €5,000.  The ‘Best Business Idea’ category winner locally will receive an investment prize of €7,000 and the runner-up will receive €3,000.  County winners go on to represent Sligo in the regional final and from there to the national final where a €100,000 investment fund is up for grabs!.

Local Enterprise Office Sligo are holding an ‘Enterprise Day’ to provide information about the competition. It takes place on Friday, September 1st at City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo. The schedule of events will run twice during the day, firstly between 12.00 and 3.30 pm and then between 6.00 pm and 9.30 pm.  

Here you can meet staff of Local Enterprise Office Sligo and get full details of the competition including key dates, tips for preparing your application, outline of the business bootcamp and preparations that should be made before it, as well as an information pack on all supports available from Local Enterprise Office, Sligo.

Speaking about IBYE, Head of Enterprise in Local Enterprise Office Sligo, John Reilly said: “The IBYE competition is a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to further advance their business ideas and existing business. It provides them with excellent support through the intensive bootcamp to bring them to a stage where they have a fully researched and robust business proposal.  As importantly, it provides an excellent networking opportunity for young entrepreneurs to learn from each other and share their entrepreneurial journeys.”

The closing date for entries for the IBYE competition is Friday, September 29th, 2017. All applications must be made online at