Young Tipp Entrepreneurs win deserved enterprise awards

Rita Guinan, Head of Enterprise,  Cathaoirleach Tipperary Co Co Michael Fitzgerald MCC, Philip Martin Winner of Best New Idea and Sinead Carr, Director of Economic & Community Development Tipperary Co Co at the Tipperary County Final of Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur.
Tom Ryan of Adsmart has been named as Tipperary’s Best Young Entrepreneur, and has won an investment of €20,000 as part of the €2million Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

Tom Ryan of Adsmart has been named as Tipperary’s Best Young Entrepreneur, and has won an investment of €20,000 as part of the €2million Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the Local Enterprise Offices. The competition was open to individuals aged 30 and under and was judged under three distinct categories of Best new idea, Best start-up business and Best established business with new add-on.

At a function held in Thurles on Tuesday last, the winners of Tipperary’s Best Start-Up, the Best New idea, and the Best add-on to an Existing Busine ss were announced. The winners will now receive business investment through the Local Enterprise Office as follows:

Philip Martin, Blanco Nino won the Best New Idea category and will receive an investment of €10,000 towards developing his corn tortilla business in Clonmel.

Chris Shanahan of Chris IT in Thurles won the Best New Start up and will receive an investment of €20,000 towards developing his IT business.

Tom Ryan of Adsmart won the best add-on to an existing business with his new Townsmart project and was crowned Tipperary’s best young entrepreneur.

The three County winners will go through to the Regional Final in Limerick on November 12, where they will compete against Clare, Limerick and Kerry for the right to go through to the National finals and ultimately compete for the title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur at a ceremony in Dublin on 7 December.

Marking the occasion, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said:

“Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start-up. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups, so if we are to create the jobs we need we must support more entrepreneurs to start new businesses. That is why we put in place the entrepreneurship forum chaired by Sean O’Sullivan and that is why we established the Local Enterprise Offices to provide more and better Government supports to businesses in one easily-accessible place at local level.”

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.