The search is on for Kildare’s young entrepreneurs

Time to shine: Competition for Kildare young entrepreneurs

Leader reporter


Leader reporter


The search is on for Kildare’s young entrepreneurs

Last year's Best Idea Category Winner for County Kildare Matthew McCann of Access Earth. Matthew also won the Google award at the IBYE National Finals

“It could be you!” said Head of Enterprise for County Kildare Jacqui McNabb, as she announced the launch of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 in Kildare.

“We’re looking for dynamic, innovative young business people to enter the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 competition in Kildare. Who knows, you might make it all the way to the National Final in Google in September!”

Hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) around the country, the competition is staged in conjunction with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities of Ireland.

Now in its fifth year, this nationwide competition invites 18-35 year olds who have a business idea, a start-up or an already established business to enter. Jacqui pointed out that applying is quick and simple.

It takes about 15 minutes, is free of charge and is done on

Applicants are then invited to participate in an Enterprise Day hosted by the Local Enterprise Office.

“Shortlisted applicants take part in business camps and compete in the county final. Here in Kildare we have an investment fund of €50,000 to share between the winners of the Best Business Idea, Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories,” she said.

From there, County Winners go on to compete at Regional Finals and, if successful, all the way to the National Finals.

But it’s not all about the National Finals.

“We know from past participants that the real value for them is in being part of the process. Taking part in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur challenges young business people to stop and really focus on where there business is now and where they can take it. The business planning, mentoring, advice and support they receive during the process is really valuable. They tell us that being part of IBYE helps them to build a network of fellow entrepreneurs and they often become trusted friends and advisors to each other. Finally, IBYE is often their first experience of getting media exposure, which is a really important in building profile.”

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs is one of the headline events each year for Local Enterprise Office Kildare.

“The Local Enterprise Office is the first port of call for anyone in business, no matter what age they are. Hosting Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur each year allows us to connect with young entrepreneurs and explain to them the services and supports available to them to help accelerate their business growth. We are looking forward to receiving applications from young entrepreneurs for the 2019 competition and to meeting them at Enterprise Day. Apply now by visiting The closing date is Friday March 15, but why wait? Get your application in today.”