IGNITE wins at Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Cork Finals
IGNITE Founder Conor Lyden, TrustAp was named as Best Young Entrepreneur 2018 for Local Enterprise Office South Cork at the Cork local IBYE awards.
IGNITE Founders Conor Lyden, TrustAp and Emily Ahern, Evolve Therapy both won in their respective categories at Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Cork finals. Conor took home the Best Startup Award for South Cork Local Enterprise Office and Emily won Best Established Business for the Cork North/West Local Enterprise Office. Both Conor & Emily will now go on to represent Cork in the IBYE regional finals in January.
Five IGNITE start-ups made the Cork finals of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Cork competition on Thursday 14 December in the Republic of Work where a total investment fund of €150,000 will be awarded to the winning businesses.
IGNITE 2017 participants included Conor LydenofTrustAp as well as Tomás Kelly of Altitude Analytics. While among the current IGNITE programme members involved are Colm Barrett, Emily Ahern, and Ryan O’Neill.
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.