Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019

We’re Supporting Your Dreams 


IBYE is a competition programme run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) with the support of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.

The competition is open to people between the ages of 18 – 35. Applicants can have an innovative business idea, be a new start-up or an established business. Find out all of the details at

Microfinance Ireland proudly supports Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition and in 2019,  we are offering loans up to €25,000 to all competition entrants* at a discounted rate of 5% APR . 

Loans up to €25,000 at a discounted rate of 5% APR to all competition entrants in the Best Start Up and Best Established Business categories are available until 30 September 2019. 

If you have entered the Best Business Idea Category, we will extend this discounted offer until 30 December 2019 so that you too can avail of the offer when your business is closer to trading.

Subject to normal lending criteria, terms and conditions apply.


  • Business must be either already trading or close to trading (in the next 3/6 months)
  • Business has fewer than 10 full-time employees and annual turnover less than €2m
  • Entrepreneur has submitted an Online Application to IBYE Competition 2019

How To Apply

1: Simply click on the link IBYE Loan 2019 and register your details with Microfinance Ireland.

2: We will email you with more details and the documents that you need to make a loan application. 

3: Forward the completed application with all of the required forms to

4: You will receive a decision on your application within 10 working days.

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