Three young Donegal entrepreneurs are flying the flag for the county at the regional finals of the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is offering an investment prize-fund of €2 million.
The Regional finals will take place next Monday in Donegal Town Public Service Centre.
All under the age of 30, the local business owners and new start-ups are going head-to-head with other winners from Sligo, Leitrim and Longford.
They’re competing for a chance to win a place at the national final in Dublin this December, in a competition co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal.
Launched by the Government earlier this year, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014.
It is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.
The Donegal winners, who have been selected to represent the county at the regional finals, are:
• Pete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan and winner of Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur and Donegal’s Best New Start Up category
• Ellevyn Irwin, Click Clinic, Buncrana and Donegal’s Best New Idea category winner
• Christy Lynch of Efficient Renewables Ltd. Muff winner of Donegal’s Best Established Business with a New Add On.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. told Donegal Daily, “Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start-up.
“Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people.
“That is what is behind this new competition to find the best young entrepreneur in the region also ultimately ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.
The Head of Enterprise with Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney told Donegal Daily, “Our winners are proudly ‘flying the flag’ for the county, competing against other young entrepreneurs in the region for a place at the prestigious national final.
“But the benefits of entering the competition don’t end there.
“Throughout Ireland, over 400 finalists have already benefitted from intensive business boot-camps and mentoring programmes at local level, so the impact of the IBYE programme will be seen for many years to come
Mayors and Cathaoirligh of all participating local authorities are being invited to attend, along with representatives of the business community.