The team in the Local Enterprise Office Louth celebrated last week as one of the counties young entrepreneurs made it through to the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE).
Roisin Hogan from HIRO by Rosin in Drogheda beat off stiff competition in the Start-Up category from other young entrepreneurs in Cavan, Meath and Monaghan to secure her place in the final. She will represent Louth at this highly competitive event in Google HQ on Sunday 5th March.
She has developed a healthy food product based on noodles made from the flour of the Asian Konjac vegetable. The noodle based meals are low in sugar, fat free, practically carb free and very low in calories and are stocked in outlets throughout Ireland and will be moving into the UK market very soon.
Roisin will be joined in the final by two young entrepreneurs from Meath: Alvin Hunt from Hexafly in the Best Idea Category and Barry Goulding BSG Design in the Best Established Business Category.
Minister Damien English was guest of honour at the Regional Final last week. He explained “Young entrepreneurs are Ireland’s job creators and innovators.” He continued by encouraging young entrepreneurs to reach out to their Local Enterprise Office who are “on hand to help all businesses start-up, grow and expand.”
Thomas McEvoy, the Head of Enterprise in Louth, congratulated Roisin, saying: “Our search to find and support Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs has turned up some incredible business talent. It’s important to find, recognise and support them in their work because our local entrepreneurs are the business leaders of the future. We are so proud to see Louth represented in the IBYE National Final and we are backing Roisin all the way.”
Aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds, the IBYE initiative is run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) nationwide, and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.
Find out how Roisin, Alvan and Barry get in the finals by following the IBYE competition on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and on www.IBYE.ie.