IGNITE at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Cork Boot Camp
Seven IGNITE start-ups made the shortlist for the Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Cork Boot Camp at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, 24-25 November 2017.
All seven will present at the IBYE Local Awards Ceremony in Cork County Hall on 14 December next where a total investment fund of €150,000 will be awarded to the winning businesses.
Among the IGNITE Alumni involved are IGNITE 2017 participants Conor Lyden of TrustAp as well as Tomás Kelly of Altitude Analytics. While among the current IGNITE programme members involved are Ciara Kennedy, Colm Barrett, Emily Ahern, Mike Sheehan and Ryan O’Neill.
The Boot Camp attendees were shortlisted from applications received by each of the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork City and County in recent months.
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.
Among last year's 8 national finalists in the Best Established Business category was Richard Barrett, co-founder of Pundit Arena, representing South Cork. Richard received the Best Promotion of Business On-Line Google Award.
And Fiona Edwards-Murphy, founder of Apisprotect, representing Cork North and West was among the 8 national finalists in the Best Business Idea category narrowly missing out on the top award in her category.