National Final of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur held in Google #IBYE

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin hosts Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur National Final at Google on December 7th.

Search for Ireland’s ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ reaches grand finale on Sunday, December 7th at Awards Ceremony in Google

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Lecturer and Broadcaster, has been unveiled as the host of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ first ever National Final on Sunday, December 7th.

Local entrepreneurs, Lukas Decker, (Best New Idea Category) and Jamie White, (Best Established Business Category) from Dublin City are being supported by the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City at this high profile IBYE event in Dublin.

Greg Swift, Head of Local Enterprise Office Dublin City said: “As we’re only days away from the first-ever national final, we’d like to wish our finalists the very best of luck on behalf of the business community here in the region. Through the eight months of this competition, the Local Enterprise Office has been able to help and support many young entrepreneurs; we hope to be able to support them again in the very near future, as they grow and expand their businesses here locally.”

After a series of 31 local finals and eight regional finals, the 24 finalists, all aged between 18 and 30, are now preparing to deliver their live pitches to the judging panel on Sunday. Minister Richard Bruton T.D. will be naming Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) on stage, presenting up to €70,000 in investment funds to the three winners.

The youth entrepreneurship competition was launched earlier this year and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and run through the Local Enterprise Offices.
Host Aoibhinn Ni Shúilleabháin is impressed by the calibre of the IBYE finalists, saying: "These aren't just the entrepreneurs of the future; many of this year's finalists are already running successful companies and employing big teams. Hopefully, initiatives such as the IBYE competition will help to encourage even more young people to set up a business in the years to come."

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s final, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton T.D. said: “Anyone who takes even a passing glance at the 24 young entrepreneurs featured in the national final can only be inspired by their energy, commitment – and above all, their outstanding businesses. These are young people who, instead of looking to find a job, and instead decided to create a job – and in many cases, to create many more jobs over the coming years. All of us owe a huge debt of gratitude to our entrepreneurs, whose start-up businesses create two thirds of all new jobs across Ireland. We in Government are determined to support and celebrate our amazing young entrepreneurs, and I am delighted that someone as high-profile as Aoibhinn is helping us to do that at the National Final in Google next Sunday”.

This year’s judging panel includes two entrepreneurs: Brian Crowley of the TTM Group and Sarah Doyle of Kinesense. They’ll be sitting on the panel alongside Colin Goulding of Google, Mary Fitzpatrick of the Local Enterprise Offices and Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland.

Ní Shúilleabháin added: "Although they're all under 30, this year's finalists have already become great role models for entrepreneurship, helping to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs."

Updates and results are available through and follow #ibye and YouTube.


For media queries around the Dublin finalist in #IBYE, please contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
High res reproduction free imagery of all finalists is available.
Notes to the Editor:
Dublin City finalists are James White of Youth Nation who is nominated under the Best Established Business category and Lukas Decker of Coindrum who is nominated under Best New Idea category, both through the LEO Office in Dublin City Council.
All 24 National Finalists: Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2014
National Finalists for #IBYE

  • Category Name/         Company Name Local                            Enterprise Office
  • Best New Idea           Dara Lynch of Twizt Hydration                LEO Galway
  • Best New Idea           Ian Coleman of Life Bites                      LEO Wexford
  • Best New Idea           Darren Hayes of D.A. Renewable Energy  LEO Cork City
  • Best New Idea           Lukas Decker of Coindrum                      LEO Dublin City
  • Best New Idea           Rebecca Butler of Uisce Bia                   LEO Westmeath
  • Best New Idea           Ellevyn Irwin of Click Clinic                    LEO Donegal
  • Best New Idea           Mark O’Reilly Complete Receipt              LEO Cavan
  • Best New Idea           Philip Martin of Blanco Nino                   LEO Tipperary
  • Best Start Up             Niamh Cunningham of Irrelevant Fish      LEO Roscommon
  • Best Start Up             Michael Noble of Noble Education           LEO Wicklow
  • Best Start Up             Padraig O’ Scanaill of Fund Recs             LEO Waterford
  • Best Start Up             Eamon Keane of Xpreso                        LEO South Dublin
  • Best Start Up             Emma-Rose Conroy of Euro Stallions       LEO Offaly
  • Best Start Up             Micheál Savage of Lir Analytical Ltd        LEO Longford
  • Best Start Up             Steven Murphy of Old Carrick Mill            LEO Monaghan
  • Best Start Up             Dr Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange      LEO Limerick
  • Best Established Business Pat Divilly of Pat Divilly Fitness            LEO Galway
  • Best Established Business Shane Byrne & Philip Kirwan of Showoff LEO Wicklow
  • Best Established Business Myles Murray of PMD Solutions             LEO South Cork
  • Best Established Business James White of Youth Nation               LEO Dublin City
  • Best Established Business Dean Gammell of The Group System      LEO Westmeath
  • Best Established Business Rhona Togher of Restored Hearing Ltd   LEO Sligo
  • Best Established Business Niamh O’Neill of Niamh O’Neill             LEO Louth
  • Best Established Business Tom Ryan of Adsmart LEO Tipperary