This Friday, October 14th is deadline day for submission of applications for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition, where Cork’s best and brightest young business people will have the opportunity to scoop their share of the €150,000 investment fund from the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs).
This is the third year of the IBYE competition, and this year the age limit has been raised, and is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35 with an innovative and original idea or concept for a product or service that is either at start up or early development stage.
The Local Enterprise Offices Cork (LEOs) – LEO Cork City, LEO South Cork and LEO Cork North and West are each looking for entrepreneurs who “Stand Out” from the crowd to enter one of three categories. The ‘Best New Idea’ category has a top prize of €7,000 and a runner up prize of €3,000; while ‘Best Start Up Business’ (up to 36 months) and ‘Best Established Business’ categories each have €15,000 in prize money for winners and €5,000 each for the runners up, from each of the three LEOs.
15 finalists will be selected from each LEO in Cork, with the 45 finalists then going forward to participate in an intensive Business Boot Camp that will be held in Cork from November 4th to 6th.
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The competition has a simple online application form available on www.ibye.ie. IBYE aims 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 and innovative businesses by Ireland’s young entrepreneurs.
Remember, the closing date for IBYE applications is Friday, October 14th. For more information or to apply, call (022) 43235 or visit www.ibye.ie