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Software Entrepreneur from Dublin Named ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’

Minister Bruton announces winners at inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition in Dublin today, with €100,000 investment fund

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28 year old Eamon Keane of Xpreso software in South Dublin has been named as Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, winning a total €50,000 investment fund for his business. The Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton T.D. made the announcement in front of 350 guests at the first-ever national final, held at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin earlier today.

Keane, from Templeogue, co-founded the parcel tracking software company in 2013 after dropping out of his PhD studies and has already signed up Ireland’s biggest independent courier company. The young entrepreneur also took the ‘Best Start Up’ award at the competition, which attracted over 1,100 entries when it was launched earlier this year through the Local Enterprise Offices.

Supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the nationwide competition forms part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 with an overall investment fund of €2 million awarded to county winners and national winners.

Minister Bruton also announced two other winners at today’s awards: the ‘Best New Idea’ award and €20,000 investment prize went to Philip Martin from Blanco Nino in Tipperary; the ‘Best Established Business with Add On’ award and €30,000 investment prize went to Dean Gammell from The Group System in Westmeath.

Each of the three finalists also wins a place at the Google ‘Adopt a Start Up’ programme next year. Meanwhile, the Google award for ‘Best Online Promotion of a Business’ went to Padraig O’ Scanaill, from Fund Recs in Waterford.

Congratulating all the winning entrepreneurs at today’s ceremony, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D said: “In Ireland we have great entrepreneurs – we just don’t have enough of them. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups and so we must encourage more young people to consider starting a business as a career choice – to become the job-creators of the future.

“We began the first-ever search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur last May, to support, encourage and celebrate the people who start the businesses that Ireland needs. Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs responded to the call and 400 of those have participated in bootcamps and mentoring programmes around the country since then.

“On behalf of the Government, I’d like to congratulate Eamon Keane on winning today’s competition. But more importantly, I’d like to congratulate all 24 finalists – and all 1000 young people who entered this competition. I’ve been personally massively inspired by the energy, commitment and sheer quality of these young business-people. We are relying on these young entrepreneurs to create the jobs of tomorrow, and I am determined to ensure that Government supports them in every way possible on their journey.”

All 31 Local Enterprise Offices ran the competition locally and organised regional bootcamps for over 400 participants. Vincent Reynolds, Chair of the National Network of Local Enterprise Offices said: “Since the doors of the Local Enterprise Offices first opened for business earlier this year, we’ve been supporting thousands of entrepreneurs and new start-ups, helping them on their business journey. For those young entrepreneurs involved in this year’s competition and for anyone else considering starting a business, the doors of the Local Enterprise Office are always open.”

In all, 24 finalists from 17 counties competed for the overall title and 9 of them made a live pitch to the judging panel at today’s final round at the Foundry in Google. This year’s judging panel included two entrepreneurs: Sarah Doyle of Kinesense and Brian Crowley of the TTM Group, alongside Colin Goulding of Google, Mary Fitzpatrick of the Local Enterprise Offices and Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland.

Details for all the finalists are available at www.ibye.ie  and by searching #ibye on social media and YouTube.

ENDS

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National Finalists: Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2014 (in order of their judging interviews)


National Finalists for #IBYE

Category                                Name/Company Name                                   Local Enterprise Office


Best New Idea                       Ellevyn Irwin of Click Clinic                             LEO Donegal


Best New Idea                       Lukas Decker of Coindrum                             LEO Dublin City


Best New Idea                       Rebecca Butler of Uisce Bia                           LEO Westmeath


Best New Idea                       Mark O’Reilly Complete Receipt                     LEO Cavan


Best New Idea                       Ian Coleman of Life Bites                                LEO Wexford


Best New Idea                       Dara Lynch of Twizt Hydration                        LEO Galway


Best New Idea                       Darren Hayes of D.A. Renewable Energy       LEO Cork City


Best New Idea                       Philip Martin of Blanco Nino                            LEO Tipperary


Best Start Up                         Padraig O’ Scanaill of Fund Recs                   LEO Waterford


Best Start Up                         Dr Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange            LEO Limerick


Best Start Up                        Niamh Cunningham of Irrelevant Fish             LEO Roscommon


Best Start Up                        Micheál Savage of Lir Analytical Ltd                LEO Longford


Best Start Up                        Michael Noble of Noble Education                  LEO Wicklow


Best Start Up                        Steven Murphy of Old Carrick Mill                  LEO Monaghan


Best Start Up                       Emma-Rose Conroy of Euro Stallions             LEO Offaly


Best Start Up                        Eamon Keane of Xpreso                                LEO South Dublin


Best Established Business  Myles Murray of PMD Solutions                      LEO South Cork


Best Established Business  Tom Ryan of Adsmart                                     LEO Tipperary


Best Established Business  Niamh O’Neill of Niamh O’Neill                       LEO Louth


Best Established Business  Pat Divilly of Pat Divilly Fitness                       LEO Galway


Best Established Business  Shane Byrne & Philip Kirwan of Showoff        LEO Wicklow


Best Established Business  Dean Gammell of The Group System            LEO Westmeath


Best Established Business  Rhona Togher of Restored Hearing Ltd         LEO Sligo


Best Established Business  James White of Youth Nation                         LEO Dublin City

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