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SOUTH Dublin’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs” for 2019 and €50,000 investment fund winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Local Enterprise Office South Dublin this week. As part of a nationwide search launched by Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Pat Breen to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs (IBYE) for 2019, the six winners and runners-up were chosen from 15 local finalists and will now share a €50,000 investment fund. IBYE, now in its fifth year, is a nationwide youth enterprise initiative to help 18-to-35 year olds with an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business. In 2019, 1,644 young entrepreneurs entered IBYE, which is an initiative of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and supported by Enterprise Ireland and local authorities. Among the special guests at the awards ceremony were Mayor Mark Ward, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council Danny McLoughlin and Director of Economic Enterprise and Tourism Development Frank Nevin. The ‘Best New Idea’ category, with a €7,000 investment fund, was won by Jessica Conlon aged 27, founder of Twigs in Tallaght who are looking to provide an after-school care for children with additional needs in a suitable environment meeting their social, sensory and emotional needs. The runner-up award and €3,000 investment fund went to Oisin Lennon aged 29 of Danu Analytics in Tallaght. The winner of the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ category and the €15,000 investment fund was John Maguire aged 32, founder of Sensation Audio in Tallaght. Sensation Audio is a disruptive audio technology company, changing the way we hear and experience audio content through personalisation. The runner-up in this category, collecting a €5,000 investment fund, was Holly Kennedy aged 34 of Happy Magazine in Lucan. Meanwhile, the title of ‘Best Established Business’, with an investment fund of €15,000, went to Gary Byrne aged 34 founder of Custom Wood Design which specialise in wood branding and manufacturing for some of the biggest brands in the world. The runner-up in this category, scooping a €5,000 investment fund, was Ellen Weber of Glitz N Pieces in Rathfarnham. Jessica Conlon was also awarded the title of ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ for South Dublin. In the lead-up to the county final, each finalist received targeted business supports through the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin. They attended an intensive Business Boot Camp, receiving mentoring and support on their business plans, pitch training as well as getting the opportunity to connect with other young entrepreneurs from Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Tom Rooney, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office South Dublin said: “As our winners clearly demonstrate, youth entrepreneurship is thriving here in South Dublin. IBYE is about discovering local potential and nurturing that talent through financial supports, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. In 2019, Local Enterprise Office South Dublin supported 71 young entrepreneurs through the IBYE competition. We want to build on that success by supporting South Dublin’s young entrepreneurs today and into the future.” The county winners from South Dublin will now progress to the Dublin Regional final which takes place on June 12 in the Westbury Hotel. In all, 24 national finalists will be selected at regional finals across the country to compete for the overall title of “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.” At the IBYE national final on Sunday September 15, which takes place at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, a €100,000 investment fund will be awarded to winners. Further details on the competition and supports available to young entrepreneurs are available through www.localenterprise.ie and www.ibye.ie See more on page 60. E business recruitment,motoring & property May 9, 2019 tel: 01 4685350 email: business@echo.ie property@echo.ie motoring@echo.ie Young Entrepreneurs share in €50,000 investment fund By William O’Connor william@echo.ie Tallaght and Rathcoole entrepreneurs qualify for Local Enterprise Office regional finals WINNERS: Peter Byrne, CEO South Dublin Chamber; Tom Rooney Head of Enterprise LEO South Dublin; Danny McLoughlin Chief Executive SDCC; Frank Nevin Director of Economic Enterprise & Tourism Development SDCC; Jessica Conlon of Twigs and winner of South Dublin’s Best Young Entrepreneur award; Mayor of SDCC Councillor Mark Ward; Amanda Mills LEO South Dublin and Councillor Charlie O’Connor Chair of the Economic Enterprise & Tourism Development SPC THE first Amazon Web Services (AWS) data technician bursary programme with TU Dublin was launched last year, and will see 15 participants graduate this month. Launched in September 2018, the programme aims to develop skills for students in the latest cloud technologies, providing training to install, configure, maintain, secure, and repair a data centre’s hardware and networking systems. During the programme, students have the opportunity to apply for paid internships at AWS’ data centres in Ireland. The Echo understands AWS intend to run the bursary programme once again this year for a further 15 students, due to the success of the inaugural programme. AWS serve as a technical advisor in the initiative, delivering practical training for students and providing industry experts for specialist lecture and lab sessions. Academic credits earned on the programme also form part of IT Tallaght’s B. Sc. IT Management which allows for the students to progress to full professional level qualification through the institute’s full-time or lifelong-learning programmes. In recent years, TU Dublin has developed additional programmes with the support of AWS, including a 2016 Cloud Solutions Architect Associate academy programme. This has benefitted a significant number of Computing students who have gone on to start careers with AWS and firms using the AWS ecosystem. For the academic year 2018-19, TU Dublin has a number of programmes with strong AWS content including, B. Sc. Cloud Computing & DevOps, and B. Sc. Honours IT Management. By Maurice Garvey maurice@echo.ie 15 participants to graduate in first Amazon Web Service programme