Waterford entrepreneurs in the prestigious ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition
Two young Waterford entrepreneurs have won a place at the national final in the prestigious ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, for a chance to share a €100,000 investment fund.
Liam Sexton from Photo2CAD, based in Waterford City and Eddy Lynch from Suir Sprayers, based in Passage East are representing the Waterford and Cork region in the Best Idea and Best Established Business categories at the national final in The Foundry at Google HQ in Barrow Street, Dublin this December.
They have already won a combined €30,000 in investment and €18,000 in assistances from the Local Enterprise Office Waterford.
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.
At the IBYE Regional Final, three Waterford business owners and new start-ups, all under the age of 30, went head-to-head with other county winners from three Local Enterprise Offices in Cork City and County. The 12 regional finalists emerged from over two hundred and fifty applicants.
Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor John Cummins congratulated the two exceptional young entrepreneurs and the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford saying: “We are proud and honoured to have two representatives out of twenty four enterprises at the national final in December, as over 1,000 young entrepreneurs entered from every county in Ireland, with tough competition across each category. Our finalists now have a chance of being crowned ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ and to win additional investment of up to €70,000 for 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 I would encourage our Local Enterprise Office to support their businesses to grow into the future.”