Two Louth finalists for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition
Two of the 24 finalists in this week’s Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition hail from County Louth.
From 1,600 national competitors, Dundalk’s Conor Kerley of Setanta Nutrition Science and Drogheda’s Orla Stafford of Izmoo have made it through bootcamp, county finals and regional finals to represent Louth at the national finals in Google on Sunday 15th September.
On Tuesday last the two finalists went to the Dept. of Business, Enterprise and Innovation to meet Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Pat Breen and explain their business. There they met the other 22 competitors and took part in an intensive Pitch Training Day ahead of the judging on Thursday next, 12th September.
Describing the impact IBYE has had on his developing business, Conor explained: “Taking part in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur has been such an inspiration for my business. I and my business Setanta Nutrition Science have been supported, guided and mentored from the start by the team in the Local Enterprise Office in Louth. To be among Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs, who display so much passion, energy and drive, is a truly amazing experience. I’ve learned so much through the process and I’ll carry that learning with me forever.”
Orla outlined the difference that IBYE has made to her as an entrepreneur and business person: “The competition has helped me as an entrepreneur to strive for further success and growth of my business and helped me to build a network of other like-minded highly motivated young Entrepreneurs.’
IBYE Co-ordinator for Louth Sarah Mallon concluded: “The team at the Local Enterprise Office in Louth are so proud of our two finalists, Conor and Orla. We are one of only three counties in Ireland to have two representatives at the finals. They are brilliant young entrepreneurs and we’ll be cheering loudly for them on Sunday in Google.”
The Local Enterprise Office in Louth provides support, mentoring, training and, in certain cases grant aid, to businesses and business owners at all ages and stages. To learn more about their services visit: www.LocalEnterprise.ie/Louth.