Fashion designer Niamh O’Neill, a native of Dunleer, has won Louth’s Best Young Entrepreneur and Best Established Business awards at the Louth Best Young Entrepreneur competition.
Niamh creates innovative and vibrant clothing for women.
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is a competition for participants who are 30 years of age or under with a business idea or who are running an existing business. Any young person with a business idea can enter the competition whatever their background. All that matters is that they have a good business idea that works or an existing business already up and running.
Louth Local Enterprise Office hosted the Louth finals awards ceremony of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition recently.
Cllr Oliver Tully, Cathaoirleach Louth County Council, presented the awards. The enterprise office received 30 applications and 15 finalists were invited to take part in a boot camp in September. They received follow up mentoring before putting together their business plans and taking part in an interview and sales pitch to bid for €50,000 grant aid.
The Best New Idea category was won by Hugh Thornton with his company Mega Future Games from Drogheda. Hugh’s product
is a range of computer games designed to help people with degenerative illnesses engage with physiotherapy.
Best Start-up company went to Richard Brennan Visit Carlingford.
The visit brand has created a one-stop shop of Carlingford and builds holiday packages to suit all needs.
Best New Idea was won by Hugh Thornton Mega Future Games.
Congratulations to Hugh, Richard and Niamh who will now advance to the regional finals to represent Louth in November.
National finals will take place in December with one business-person being crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur with further grant aid of €100,000.
The aim of the Best Young Entrepreneur competition is to encourage and support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland and to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage the development of new innovative businesses.