Clare entrepreneurs compete in regional final

Clare entrepreneurs compete in regional final

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Pictured with her awards in Ennis Co Clare are L-R Eric Gargiulo of Delivery Guys Ltd. - an end to end ordering, payment and delivery service to the restaurant sector  - received €20,000 for winning 'Best Established Business (in business more than 18 months)',  Regina Tierney, Overall Winner of the 'Best Start-Up Business 'category of the competition and Steve Markham of hAppie - a boutique mobile application developer and publisher - was awarded €10,000 for winning the 'Best Idea (for a new business)' category. Pic Arthur Ellis.
Pictured with her awards in Ennis Co Clare are L-R Eric Gargiulo of Delivery Guys Ltd. – an end to end ordering, payment and delivery service to the restaurant sector – received €20,000 for winning ‘Best Established Business (in business more than 18 months)’, Regina Tierney, Overall Winner of the ‘Best Start-Up Business ‘category of the competition and Steve Markham of hAppie – a boutique mobile application developer and publisher – was awarded €10,000 for winning the ‘Best Idea (for a new business)’ category. Pic Arthur Ellis.

Three young Clare entrepreneurs will fly the flag for the county at tonight’s regional final of the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is offering an investment prize-fund of €2 million.

All under the age of 30, the local business owners and new start-ups are going head-to-head with other winners from Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary at the Castletroy Park Hotel for a chance to win a place at the national final in Dublin this December, in a competition coordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Clare.

Launched by the Government earlier this year, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition is a core part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.

The Clare winners, who have been selected to represent the county at the regional finals, are Regina Tierney from Brigid’s Mantle (Clare Best Young Entrepreneur and Best Start Up Business Category Winner); Eric Gargiulo from The Delivery Guys (Best Established Business With New Add On); and Stephen Markham from hApp.ie (Best New Idea).

The three category winners from Wednesday’s Regional Final will progress to the national stage of the competition, which concludes with an awards ceremony on 6th December.

For all the latest news and results for the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, visit www.ibye.ie, www.localenterprise.ie or search #ibye on social media.

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