English congratulates Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur regional finalists from Meath

Action Plan for Jobs, Business, Meath, Startups

Local Meath West Fine Gael T.D. and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English T.D. has congratulated Meath’s regional finalists in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition run by the Local Enterprise Offices of each Local Authority in Ireland. The prize giving by Minister English for the North Eastern Regional Final was held in Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt on Tuesday night 3rd November.

Minister English commented: “A total of 165 young entrepreneurs across Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath entered IBYE 2015. Almost half of the entrants have completed an intensive business bootcamp, giving them the opportunity to refine their ideas and develop their business plans further. Those entrants who did not participate in bootcamps are being offered other enterprise services by their LEO such as business advice meetings or training programmes. I am delighted that our County winners from Meath, who are now Regional Finalists, have also been able to avail of a total of €50,000 in funding in each County.”

Representing Meath in the category of Best Business Idea in the North Eastern region was Laura Browne, aged 21, from Tara, with her business Waterscout. Waterscout will develop a water usage monitoring system for industrial clients, initially focusing on data centres.

Representing Meath in the category of Best Start Up Business was Rachel Darby, aged 26, from Navan, with her business The Bubblins. Established in 2013, The Bubblins is a brand based around fictional characters that come from bubbles. Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 7, they have already launched a picture book called ‘Can I play’? Their aim is to create a T.V. series based around the Bubblin characters along with developing Bubblin merchandise.

Representing Meath in the category of Best Established Business was Diarmuid Gryson, aged 24, from Tara with his business Envirosoil. Established in 2013, Envirosoil produce user-friendly compost for farmers, which is also environmentally-friendly. It is used for soil conditioning and as an alternative soil fertiliser. The company currently employs 5 people and has sold over 20,000 tonnes of compost in 2015. Future plans include selling to garden centres and landscape gardeners.

Minister English concluded by saying that Laura, Rachel and Diarmuid, and their companies were great Ambassadors for Meath, and its potential as a hub for innovation, investment and local sustainable jobs.

Minister English welcomes €2 million Young Entrepreneur Investment Fund

Funding, Jobs, Startups


A nationwide search has begun to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE), with a total investment fund of €2million available for young people throughout every county in Ireland.

Aimed at those aged between 18 and 30, the competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs and is supported by Minister English’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices.

I urge all young Meath and Westmeath people with a startup or a business idea to apply through their Local Enterprise Office before 31st July. The competition is free to enter, and further information is available from LEOs nationwide as well as at www.ibye.ie

The first stage is a county-based competition, with a closing date of July 31st through the Local Enterprise Offices, leading to the naming of the Best Young Entrepreneur in each county. This will be followed by eight regional finals, with one young business-person being crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur later in the year at the national finals in Google’s European HQ in Dublin before the end of the year.

Up to €50,000 will be awarded to 3 winners in each county. The winners at national level can then receive up to an additional €50,000 and over 400 young entrepreneurs will also win places at regional Business Bootcamps with mentoring supports, to further develop their business skills.

The aim of the initiative is to support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage Ireland’s young people to set up new businesses which will ultimately create jobs.

Part of the effort to attract applications from young people both in Ireland and abroad will be a comprehensive social media and marketing campaign.

We need to create a stronger culture of entrepreneurship in Irish society, especially amongst our young people. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups, so if we are to create the jobs we need we must support more entrepreneurs to start new businesses. More younger people need to see this a viable and sustainable job option. That is why we have placed start-ups right at the centre of our Action Plan for Jobs, and put in place new measures like establishing a new system of easily-accessible supports through the Local Enterprise Offices.

The deadline to apply for this year’s Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is Friday, July 31st and the full details are available through www.ibye.ie or by searching #IBYE on social media and YouTube.