Microfinance Ireland support Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur each year, and in 2019 are offering loans up to €25,000 at a discounted rate of 5% to all competition applicants.*

This loan offer is available to all applicants in the Best Start Up and Best Established Business categories from now until 31st March 2018.

If you have entered the Best Business Idea Category, we understand that it might take a bit longer to commence trading and therefore, we are extending this loan finance offer until 30th June 2018.

And that’s not all.  We want to acknowledge your progression throughout the competition and that is why we are offering a further interest rate discount of 3% APR to IBYE County Winners 


 *Subject to normal lending criteria, terms and conditions apply.


  • You must have already submitted an Online Application to IBYE Competition 2017/2018 prior to making a loan application.
  • Business must be already trading or close to trading (In the next 3/6 months)
  • Business must have fewer than ten employees and an annual turnover of less than €2m
  • To avail of the 3% APR interest rate, you must provide evidence that you are an IBYE ‘County Winner’
 How to Apply

Register your interest to apply for a loan from Microfinance Ireland by clicking on the button below.


Following registration, you should check your inbox to make sure you have received an email outlining the documents that are required to make a loan application.


Request your Local Enterprise Office to forward copy of your IBYE Online Application to Microfinance Ireland by email to info@microfinanceireland.ie


Forward all documentation to Microfinance Ireland for credit assessment and approval either by post or email to info@microfinanceireland.ie


Microfinance Ireland will contact you directly to discuss your application in detail