Inishowen woman wins place at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur finals

Ellevyn Irwin (middle), regional winner in the 'Best New Idea' category pictured with Rhona Togher, Restored Hearing., regional winner in the "Best Established Business with an add on" category and Micheal Savage, Lir Analytical Ltd, regional winner in the "Best Start Up Business" category; ''pictured at the regional finals of the inaugural 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' competition. (www.ibye.ie)''PIC: Joe Keogh
Ellevyn Irwin (middle), regional winner in the 'Best New Idea' category pictured with Rhona Togher, Restored Hearing., regional winner in the "Best Established Business with an add on" category and Micheal Savage, Lir Analytical Ltd, regional winner in the "Best Start Up Business" category; ''pictured at the regional finals of the inaugural 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' competition. (www.ibye.ie)''PIC: Joe Keogh

A young Inishowen entrepreneur has won a place at the first-ever national final of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.’

Ellevyn Irwin from Click Clinic based in Buncrana is representing the region representing the region in the Best New Idea category at the national final in Dublin this December for a chance to share a 100,000 euro investment fund.

She has already won 10,000 euro in investment from the Local Enterprise Office.

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action

Plan for Jobs 2014 and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.

On Monday evening, three local business owners and new start-ups from Donegal, all under the age of 30, went head-to-head with other county winners from Sligo, Longford and Leitrim.

The nominees were all interviewed by a three member judging panel and had to deliver a business pitch, live. Assessed on criteria such as business innovation, job creation potential and financial planning, the announcement of the national finalists was made at an evening reception at the Public Services Centre in Donegal Town.

Congratulating the finalists, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,

Richard Bruton T.D. said: “Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting

more businesses to start-up. Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture

of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people. That is what is behind this new competition to find the best young

entrepreneur in the region also ultimately Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.”

The local winner now faces tough competition from 23 other finalists, emerging

from eight regional finals. The 100,000 euro investment fund in December is divided up across four prizes: Best New Idea (20,000 euro investment); Best Start Up (30,000 euro investment); Best Established Business, with New Add On (30,000 euro investment) and overall Winner of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ (an additional 20,000 euro investment)

Over 400 business owners and start-ups from around the country have benefitted from intensive business bootcamps and mentoring programmes organised by the Local Enterprise Offices at local level, as part of the competition.

The Head of Enterprise with Donegal County Council Michael Tunney said: “We are

very proud and honoured to have a representative at the national final in December, as over 1,000 businesses entered from every county in Ireland and competition for

very place was intense. Our finalist now has a chance of being crowned ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ and to win additional investment of up to 50,000 euro in

their business. We’d also like to congratulate all our other nominees and entrants,

who ‘flew the flag’ for us at the county and regional finals and who also came very

close to winning and we look forward to supporting their businesses into the future.”

The Donegal representatives at the regional finals were:Pete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan and winner of Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur and Donegal’s Best New Start Up category, Ellevyn Irwin and Christy Lynch of Efficient Renewables Ltd. Muff winner of Donegal’s Best Established Business with a New Add On.

For all the latest news and updates about the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’

competition, visit www.ibye.ie, www.localenterprise.ie or search #ibye on social

media.