New €2million National Competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the launch of a new competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton launched a new competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, with a total fund of €2million available to invest in winning businesses and entrepreneurs in every county in the country.
The competition will be run by the new Local Enterprise Offices, and the winners at county level will be eligible for an investment in their business of up to €25,000, while the winners at national level can receive an additional investment of up to €50,000. Investments in winning businesses will be determined according to business prospects and investment needs.
Mentoring, marketing and other supports will also be available to participating businesses at various stages of the competition.
The competition is open to individuals aged 30 and under and will be judged under three distinct categories:
•best new idea
•best start-up business
•best established business with new add-on
The aim of the initiative is to encourage and support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage the establishment and development of new innovative businesses by Ireland’s young entrepreneurs.
Launching the competition today, the Taoiseach said:
I see the entrepreneurial spirit of young Irish people everywhere I go and the Government wants to support that so that young entrepreneurs can realise their ambitions and their business success can help make recovery local in every part of the country. This competition being run by the new network of Local Enterprise Offices can give a young individual or business a real injection of capital and expertise to take their ideas to the next level. The vast majority of the 1,200 jobs created each week last year were in small, local companies so it is obvious there is real potential to grow further jobs by supporting local entrepreneurs. This latest Action Plan for Jobs project is another Government measure to do just that.
Applying is simple – go to localenterprise.ie
or your Local Enterprise Office – and the deadline is 30th June 2014.
Read the full press release here