South Dublin’s best young entrepreneurs were announced this week at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.
IBYE is a programme run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) with the support of the Department of Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.
Sarah Kiely, of Sadie’s Kitchen in Walkinstown, was named winner of the Best Established Business award, while Michael Higgins of Speedpin in Clondalkin, took the runner up title in this category.
The winner of the Best Start-Up Business was Jane Aspel of Emma By Jane in Tallaght. Shane O’Sullivan of OS Big Picture Productions in Palmerstown was named runner-up.
The Best Business Idea category was awarded to John Maguire of Sensation Audio in Synergy Centre, IT Tallaght while Barry Sheahan of Active Health in Templeogue received the runner up title.
Mr Maguire was also named the Overall Winner of IBYE for South Dublin.
IBYE Co-ordinator for LEO South Dublin, Amanda Mills said:
“Each of the winners and runners-up will share in an investment fund of up to €50,000 from the Local Enterprise Office to help grow and develop their business. The 3 category winners go forward to the Regional Finals in Dublin in January. The team in Local Enterprise Office South Dublin will be providing intensive supports between now and then to prepare them for the regionals and hopefully South Dublin will have a representative at the IBYE National Finals in March.”