Malahide Man Is Best Young Entrepreneur

Young entrepreneur winnersPictured at the announcement of Fingal’s Best Young Entrepreneur were winners and runners up from all three categories Best Idea, Best Start-Up and Best Established; Back row: Suzanne Culleton (Malahide), Sean Murray (Castleknock), Ryan Scott (Sutton), Mark Coleman (Rush) and Bernard Nolan (Malahide) (Front row) Chief Exective of Fingal County Council Paul Reid, Overall title winner Kevin Kelleher (Malahide), County Mayor Cllr Mary McCamley and Head of Fingal Enterprise, Oisin Geoghegan

The inventor of an innovative medical device called “Ostoform”, Malahide native Kevin Kelleher, was announced as “Fingal’s Best Young Entrepreneur” by Fingal Local Enterprise Office last week at a special ceremony in County Hall.

Kevin is one of three category winners in the competition which carries a prize fund totalling €50,000 in the county. All three winners now go on to represent Fingal at the Dublin Region competition in January.

The IBYE competition is run throughout Ireland and supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. Now in its 4th year, this year attracted almost 1,500 applications nationwide, all competing for a share of the €2 million prize fund.

Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise in Fingal explained: “The search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur commenced back in July and we were delighted with the calibre of entries. We had a particularly strong level of interest in the competition here, in fact we received the highest number of applications ever this year, exceeding every other Local Authority area in Ireland!”

The overall title-winner Kevin Kelleher of Ostoform in Malahide also won the “Best Business Idea” Award, with Suzanne Culleton, aged 29 and also of Malahide, scooping the runner up title with her innovative hair removal cosmetic product.

There was also joy for Bernard Nolan, aged 26 of MediMee (Malahide) who was named runner-up in the “Best Start-Up Business
Ryan Scott, aged 26 of DropChef in Sutton secured the prize of winner of the Best Established Business award. They were joined by Mark Coleman, aged 34 of The Hot Seat Ltd. in Rush, who took the runner up title in this category.