Local Enterprise Office announces Dublin City’s Best Young Entrepreneurs and €50,000 investment fund winners
Young entrepreneurs from Dublin City win places at Regional Finals
Dublin City’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs” for 2019 and €50,000 investment fund winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Local Enterprise Office Dublin City yesterday evening.
As part of a nationwide search launched by Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Pat Breen to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs (IBYE) for 2019, the 3 winners and 3 runners-up were chosen from 15 local finalists and will now share a €50,000 investment fund.
The ‘Best New Idea’ category, with a €7,000 investment fund, was won by Lizzy Hayashida, aged 34, founder of Change Donations a social enterprise giving donors access to a micro-donation system. The runner-up award and €3,000 investment fund went to Neil Dunne, aged 23 of Andrson, a digital A&R company.
The winner of the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ category and the €15,000 investment fund was Luke Mackey, aged 24, founder of Bamboo, the social way for busy people to order sit-in or pick-up meals from great restaurants close to your office. The runner-up in this category, collecting a €5,000 investment fund, was John Ryan, aged 33, of Gigable, a mobile application that puts people and businesses together for short-term work, or “Gigs”.
Meanwhile, the title of ‘Best Established Business’, with an investment fund of €15,000, went to Devan Hughes, aged 30, founder of Buymie an on-demand grocery e-commerce platform that enables groceries and household items to be delivered from store to door in one hour by a personal shopper. The runner-up in this category, scooping a €5,000 investment fund, was Niall Horgan, aged 32, of Gym + Coffee, an athleisure clothing company.
Each finalist received targeted business supports through the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City. They attended an intensive Business Boot Camp, receiving mentoring and support on their business plans, pitch training as well as getting the opportunity to connect with other young entrepreneurs from Dublin City.
Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Dublin City said: “As our winners clearly demonstrate, youth entrepreneurship is thriving here in Dublin City. IBYE is about discovering local potential and nurturing that talent through financial supports, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. In 2019, Local Enterprise Office Dublin City supported 119 young entrepreneurs through the IBYE competition and over 553 young entrepreneurs in total, since the competition began in 2014. We want to build on that success by supporting Dublin Citie’s young entrepreneurs today and into the future.”
The winners from LEO Dublin City will now progress to the Dublin regional finals, which take place on 12th June. 24 national finalists will be selected at regional finals across the country to compete for the overall title of “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.”
At the IBYE national final on Sunday 15th September, which takes place at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, a €100,000 investment fund will be awarded to winners.