Young entrepreneurs from all counties in Ireland have received a total of €1.5 million in investment funding through their involvement in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.

180 entrepreneurs across every county in Ireland, aged between 18 and 35, have been awarded the funding through the Local Enterprise Offices after winning, or becoming runners-up, in the IBYE county finals. 

Over 90 young entrepreneurs will now take part in the IBYE regional finals.

Up to 24 entrepreneurs (three from each region – one in each category) will be selected at eight IBYE regional finals over the next few weeks to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in March.

The IBYE regional finals will take place in:

  • Waterford on January 19th (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Waterford, LEO Cork City, LEO Cork North & West and LEO South Cork).
  • Clare on January 23rd (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Clare, LEO Kerry, LEO Limerick and LEO Tipperary).
  • Meath on January 24th (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Meath, LEO Cavan, LEO Louth, and LEO Monaghan).
  • Dublin on January 25th (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Fingal, LEO Dublin City, LEO Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and LEO South Dublin).
  • Sligo on January 26th (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Sligo, LEO Donegal, LEO Leitrim and LEO Longford).
  • Roscommon on January 27th (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Roscommon, LEO Galway, and LEO Mayo).
  • Wexford on January 31st (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Wexford, LEO Carlow, LEO Kilkenny and LEO Wicklow).
  • Laois on February 1st (with young entrepreneurs representing LEO Laois, LEO Kildare, LEO Offaly and LEO Westmeath).

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