Farrell calls on young entrepreneurs from Dublin Fingal to enter Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition

27/05/2015

Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell for Dublin Fingal, has called on young entrepreneurs from the North County to enter the search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE), with a total investment fund of €2 million available to young people throughout every county in Ireland.

“I urge all young people, aged between 18 and 30, in Dublin Fingal with a start-up or a business idea to apply through their Local Enterprise Office before July 31st. Increasing entrepreneurial activity is a core theme of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. We aim to double the jobs created by start-ups in Ireland over the next five years

“Up to €50,000 will be awarded to three winners in Fingal. The winners at national level can then receive up to an additional €50,000. Over 400 young entrepreneurs will also win places at regional Business Bootcamps with mentoring supports, to further develop their business skills.

“The aim of the competition is to support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage Ireland’s young people to set up new businesses which will ultimately create jobs.

“The first stage is a county-based competition, where the Best Young Entrepreneur in Fingal will be found. This will be followed by eight regional finals, with one young business-person being crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur later in the year at the national finals in Google’s European HQ in Dublin.

“Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups, so in order to increase job creation, and replace every job that was lost in the crash by 2018, we must support more entrepreneurs in their efforts to start new businesses.

“Fine Gael in Government is standing up for small businesses and start-ups. We are having a national conversation with businesses across the country to identify the ways by which we can work together to realise the potential created by our on-going economic recovery.”