Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Entrepreneur Reaches National Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition (IBYE)

Thursday, January 26, 2017
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Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has confirmed that Ciara Clancy from Beats Medical in Sandyford has secured a place in the National Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE)  €2 million competition on 5th March in Google, Dublin.

The 26 year-old is competing in the Best Established Business category and is one of three young entrepreneurs who will represent Dublin in the National Final in Google on March 5th. The local entrepreneur will be competing against 23 other national finalists, to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and share in a €100,000 winners’ investment fund.

The three category winners who will go forward to the National Final were announced by the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D. at the IBYE Regional Final in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin last night. The two other national finalists are: Brian Henderson of ‘Baon Diagnostics’ in the Best Idea Category and Samuel Dennigan of ‘Strong Roots’ in the Best Start-up Category from Dublin City.

Speaking at the event, Cllr. Cormac Devlin, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said: “IBYE is not just a competition, it is a training ground to guide young entrepreneurs through all the stages of developing and sustaining a business.  The aim of the initiative is to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage young people to set up new businesses which will ultimately create and sustain jobs. What we have witnessed here this evening is the proof that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and thriving across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dublin City, Dublin South and Fingal”.

Dearbhla Lawson, the Director of Economic, Community and Cultural Development, Dún Loaghaire-Rathdown County Council, congratulated Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical, saying:

I want to congratulate the winners here tonight and to all of you who entered the competition, it takes courage and commitment to start up a business. I hope that participation in IBYE will set you on a path to continued success.

The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown National finalist Beats Medical provides treatments for Parkinson's Disease through technology to help improve the mobility, speech and dexterity symptoms of the condition. Beats Medical is the world’s first Parkinson's Treatment App.

IBYE competition details and results are available from www.ibye.ie and information around the supports available to young entrepreneurs through the Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown www.localenterprise.ie/DLR