Cork’s Local Enterprise Offices are on the hunt for Cork’s Best Young Entrepreneurs, with €150k investment fund up for grabs
- Are you aged 18 -35?
- 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.
The competition, which has a simple online application form, is open to individuals aged 18 to 35 and will be judged under three distinct categories:
- Best business idea (pre trading)
- Best start-up business (up to 36 months)
- Best established business (over 36 months)
Each of the three LEOs in Cork has a total fund of €50,000 to invest according to criteria including businesses’ investment needs and business prospects; with the overall county winners eligible for an investment of up to €15,000. This year sees the introduction of investment for runners up in each category.
Applications from Cork businesses and start-ups are invited before October 14th, 2016, with successful applicants progressing to a business boot camp and mentoring support in association with the LEOs in Cork.