Ruairí­ Murphy, Mag Clip Pedels from Rochestown; Emily Ahern, Evolve Therapy from Mallow; Kevin Buckley, Ballzey from Buttevent and Joan Kelleher, LEO Cork North & West, at the business boot camp. (Photo: Darragh Kane)

As part of the nationwide search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE), the three Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in Cork launched a campaign in September to find the best young entrepreneurs in their region in three distinct categories, with a €150,000 investment fund up for grabs.

45 young entrepreneurs, shortlisted from almost 200 applicants, came together recently for an intensive business boot camp, in association with the LEOs at The Maryborough Hotel & Spa.

The Local Enterprise Offices Cork – LEO Cork City, LEO South Cork and LEO Cork North and West are each looking for the best entrepreneurs who ‘Stand Out’ in the one of three categories.

The county-based stage of the competition will culminate with the naming of the nine ‘Best Young Entrepreneurs’ in Cork (three per LEO) at the county final which will be held in Vertigo at Cork County Hall on December 1st.

The 2016 winners in each of the three categories will then go forward to represent their respective LEO in a regional final in February, and if successful there, will fly the Cork flag at the national final to find ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ before the end of the year.

The next event is set to take place at The White Horse, Ballincollig on Monday, November 14th from 6.30 to 8.30pm, and young entrepreneurs from Cork city and county are invited to register at