Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is a dynamic competition open to anyone under 35 who has a business idea, a new business or an established business … and now is the time to apply. It’s quick. It’s simple. It’s free. But don’t hesitate, apply now on

Hosted by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) across the country, each LEO area has a prize fund of €50,000 to share between three county winners. 93 county winners then advance to Regional Finals, vying for a place in the National Finals in September. At the National Finals in Google, 3 entrepreneurs will be named national category winners with one being crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. Collectively they will share a further prize fund of €100,000.

It’s a great opportunity for you to win valuable investment in your business, access expert business mentoring and support, get media and industry exposure, build a network with other young entrepreneurs and perhaps be crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

Categories are:

  • Best Business Idea
  • Best Start-Up (up to 18 months)
  • Best Established Business (over 18 months)

Entering is simple, just complete the online form at The team at your Local Enterprise Office ( are also on hand to help with advice and support in completing the application.

One of the finalists from last year put it best saying “Go on, enter. You’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Deadline for completed applications is Friday 15th March … but why put it off, go on, start your application today by visiting

Who knows, YOU could be Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019!