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Darren makes young entrepreneur final cut

Thursday, 13th November, 2014 12:00am

Corkman Darren Hayes from D.A. Renewable Energy has won a place at the first final of 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' competition, with the chance of sharing a €100,000 investment fund.

Darren is representing the region in the Best New Idea category at the national final in Dublin this December and he has already won €10,000 in investment from the Local Enterprise Office in Cork.

"We are very proud and honoured to have a representative at the national final in December, as over 1,000 businesses entered from every county in Ireland and competition for every place was intense. Our finalist now has the chance of being crowned 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' and to win additional investment of up to €50,000 in their business. We'd also like to congratulate all our other nominees and entrants, who flew the flag for us at the county and regional finals and we look forward to supporting their businesses into the future," said Adrienne Rodgers, the Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City.

Darren now faces tough competition from 23 other finalists emerging from eight regional finals.

"Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start up. Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people," said Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

See www.ibye.ie for all the latest updates on the competition.

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