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Young Inishowen entrepreneurs vie to be best 04.11.14

Three young Donegal entrepreneurs including two from Inishowen are flying the flag for the county at the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition.
The competition is offering an investment prize-fund of €2 million and the regional finals will take place next Monday in Donegal Town Public Service Centre.
All under the age of 30, the local business owners and new start-ups are going head-to-head with other winners from Sligo, Leitrim and Longford on the evening of November 10 for a chance to win a place at the national final in Dublin this December.
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs 2014. It is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.
Rathmullan's Pete Friel; Buncrana's Ellevyn Irwin and Christy Lynch from Muff who will fly the flag for Donegal at the regional finals of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur.
The Donegal winners, who have been selected to represent the county at the regional finals, are: Ellevyn Irwin, Click Clinic, Buncrana; Christy Lynch of Efficient Renewables Ltd and Pete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan.
Donegal County Council head of enterprise Michael Tunney said: “Our winners are proudly flying the flag for the county, competing against other young entrepreneurs in the region for a place at the prestigious national final. But the benefits of entering the competition don’t end there. Throughout Ireland, over 400 finalists have already benefitted from intensive business bootcamps and mentoring programmes at local level, so the impact of the IBYE programme will be seen for many years to come.”
The county level winners of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur are eligible for an investment of up to €20,000, while the winners at national level can receive an additional investment of up to €50,000.
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