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Who is Ireland's best young entrepreneur? We'll find out today

They’re all under 30. Feel inadequate?

A GROUP OF young entrepreneurs will go head to head today at the first-ever final of the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

24 businesses across three categories will attend the finals in Google’s Dublin headquarters. All are aged between 18 and 30.

After a series of 31 local finals and eight regional finals, the 24 finalists are now preparing to deliver their live pitches to the judging panel. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton will be naming Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur on stage, presenting up to €70,000 in investment funds to the three winners.

The youth entrepreneurship competition was launched earlier this year and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and run through the Local Enterprise Offices.

Greg Swift, head of the Local Enterprise Office in Dublin City, which is supporting two finalists, Lukas Decker of Coindrum and Jamie White, of Youth Nation, said that the LEOs had played an important role in supporting new business.

“Through the eight months of this competition, the Local Enterprise Office has been able to help and support many young entrepreneurs; we hope to be able to support them again in the very near future, as they grow and expand their businesses here locally.”

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This year’s judging panel includes two entrepreneurs: Brian Crowley of the TTM Group and Sarah Doyle of Kinesense. They’ll be sitting on the panel alongside Colin Goulding of Google, Mary Fitzpatrick of the Local Enterprise Offices and Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland.

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