The winners of the Donegal stage of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur have been announced and Inishowen fared exceptionally well.
Organised by the Local Enterprise Office, the competition attracted almost fifty
young people, aged 30 and under, from across the county.
After a full review, fifteen finalists were shortlisted and commenced an intensive Business Boot Camp, delivered by Gerry Moan of Constructive Intervention.
There was a final adjudication on Wednesday under three distinct categories - best new idea, best start-up business and best established business with new add-on.
The winners were announced at gala ceremony.
Christy Lynch, Efficient Renewables Ltd, Muff won Best Established Business with a New Add On and a prize of €20,000.
Efficient Renewables Ltd designs, installs and sources quality, sustainable heating systems for private and commercial buildings throughout Ireland. The business has built a reputation for a wide range of services offering solar heating, underfloor
heating, heatpumps, water saving products, etc.
The Best New Idea and a prize of €10,000 went to Ellevyn Irwin, Click Clinic, Buncrana.
Click Clinic is a platform that connects people with non-serious medical conditions
to health care professionals in just a few taps. It’s the ‘Hailo’ of the medical
appointment world, facilitating clients to be treated in the comfort of their home or workplace.
The Overall Best Young Entrepreneur in Donegal award went to Pete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan. Chartered Education is a professional education company providing online courses and study materials to trainee accountants complemented by engaging video tutorials.
Announcing the winners Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise, commented: “The future of entrepreneurship in Donegal looks extremely bright. The leadership and creativity demonstrated, as well as the level of commitment, determination and motivation to excel shown by our finalists was remarkable. Every one of the ideas and businesses represented here tonight has the ability to develop further and create the levels of employment that the county needs. The twelve young entrepreneurs that will not be selected as winners should not see themselves as anything other than excellent young business people”.
The three Donegal winners progress to a regional final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition where hopefully they will progress to the National Final in
The aim of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is to encourage and support a culture
of entrepreneurship among young people, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage the establishment and development of new innovative businesses by our young entrepreneurs.
The initiative is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 roll out plan and is organised by the network of Local Enterprise Offices across the country.