IGNITE at IBYE Boot Camp 2016
IGNITE and UCC were well represented at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur IBYE Boot Camp over the weekend of 4th/6th November.
45 of Cork’s Best Young Entrepreneurs were invited to the weekend residential Boot Camp at the Maryborough House Hotel this weekend. Attendees learned how to develop their businesses cases in the run-up to the IBYE Local Awards Ceremony in Cork County Hall on 1st December next where a total investment fund of €150,000 will be awarded to the winning businesses.
IBYE recognises the best young entrepreneurs in three categories; Best New Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business and the winners will go forward to represent their Local Enterprise Office at regional level and, ultimately, national level where the winners will receive a share of an investment fund of €2M.
The 45 Boot Camp attendees were shortlisted from applications received by each of the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork City and County in recent months.
Among the IGNITE Alumni that were involved were IGNITE 2014 participant Richard Barrett of PunditArena as well as Breffney O’Dowling-Keane of FruitCubed, Alan Thomas of TheRuggedMan and Emerald De Leeuw of Eurocomply who were all involved in the programme in 2016.
Richard Barrett won the Overall Award for South Cork in 2014 and Breffney won the Best Idea Category for Cork City in 2015. Both are hoping for national honours in 2016.
Among the current IGNITE programme members involved in IBYE Boot Camp were Marie Therese Shortt, Fiona Edwards-Murphy, Kevin Buckley, Tomas Kelly and Conor Lyden.
And UCC’s involvement didn’t end there. Others with UCC connections that attended the Boot Camp were UCC Graduates Paul Moore of Rebel Chilli, Mark Moriarty of Awesound and Shane O’Byrne of Workhour. While proving that you can combine student life and entrepreneurship were BComm student, Marie Martin, CEO of MPM Safety Equipment, and MSc student Blaine Doyle of GlowDX.