Best Young Entrepreneur 2018

The search is on to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2018 and Louth Local Enterprise Office is contacting you in the event that you may have some clients who would be eligible to apply to the competition.

If your client is aged between 18-35 and have a business idea or have already started a business they can enter IBYE to win a share the €50,000 county investment fund and hopefully progress to the National finals in Google during March 2018 where further investments funds can be won. It is not just all about the money however as all applicants can avail of a 1 day Enterprise event run by the Louth LEO and from this 15 individuals will be selected to attend a free 2 day boot camp and one to one mentoring before submitting a business plan and delivering a pitch to the county judging panel.

Full details on the programme are available at but some key points to consider when you are thinking of clients this might suit.

To apply you must be over 18 and 35 or under on 31st December 2017

There are 3 categories to apply for

  • Best Business Idea (pre trading) – County Winners prize €7,000 / Runner up €3000
  • Best Start Up ( trading under 18 months ) – County Winners prize €15,000 / Runner up €5000
  • Best Established Business ( trading 18 months +) – County Winners prize €15,000 / Runner up €5000

Applicants can apply online at and the closing date is September 29th.