Are you under 30? Do you have a business idea or existing business? Do you want to compete for a part of Cork’s €150,000 investment fund and be considered in the shake-up for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur? If you answered ‘yes’ to these three questions, then your Local Enterprise Office in Cork wants to hear from you!
The three Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in Cork are each running a competition aimed at finding the best young entrepreneurs in three categories, with an overall winner going forward to represent their LEO in regional finals, and if successful, flying the Cork flag at the national finals to find ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ later this year. With the Cork region being heralded as the entrepreneur’s hub of Ireland, the overall winner could well be from Cork.
Applications from Cork businesses and start-ups are invited before July 31st, with successful applicants progressing to ‘get fit for business’ through a business boot camp and mentoring support in association with the LEOs in Cork.
Whether you are at the idea stage or if you are already trading, all that matters is that you have a good business idea that works. Applying online is simple and there is a €150k investment fund in Cork alone, with targeted business supports on offer to help you turn your business idea into a reality. As we would say in Cork – just do it, like!
We’ve asked some of Cork’s young entrepreneurs, who did it for themselves before hitting the big 3-0 to share their stories of their entrepreneurial journeys so far. They will tell us what inspired them to start their own business, what supports they’ve received, who their heroes are, and they’ll offer advice to those on their own journeys.
These are the young people who embraced the opportunity to #justdoitlike.