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Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By FIONA MAGENNIS

LOUTH’S Celtic Ad­ven­ture has been cho­sen to go for­ward to the Na­tional Fi­nal’s of the Ire­land’s Best Young En­tre­pre­neur com­pe­ti­tion which takes place at Google on Sun­day, March 4th.

The lo­cal com­pany beat off stiff com­pe­ti­tion at the re­gional fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion which fea­tured county winners from Ca­van, Louth, Mon­aghan and Meath who each chal­lenged for a cov­eted place in the up­com­ing na­tional fi­nals.

LMFM’s Gerry Kelly played the role of MC and wel­comed May­ors, Chathaoirligh, Chief Ex­ec­u­tives, TDs, Coun­cil­lors and guests to the Bal­ly­mas­can­lon Ho­tel.

The event was proudly hosted by Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Louth, part of Louth County Coun­cil.

The even­ing com­menced with a drinks re­cep­tion, pho­to­graphs and din­ner and ten­sions were high as the cer­e­mony got un­der­way.

Of the 12 com­peti­tors, 4 were com­pet­ing for the Best Idea award, 4 for the Best Start Up award and 4 for the Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness award. One win­ner would be named in each cat­e­gory and those winners would go for­ward to rep­re­sent their county and their re­gion at the Na­tional Fi­nals.

Gerry called each of the 12 fi­nal­ists to stage in­di­vid­u­ally and in­ter­viewed them about their busi­ness and their fu­ture. The au­di­ence were so im­pressed by their per­for­mance and agreed that while these en­trepreneurs may be young, all aged un­der 35, they demon­strate that Ire­land’s fu­ture is in great hands.

Through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, the young en­trepreneurs have re­ceived ex­pert men­tor­ing and sup­port, as­sis­tance with their busi­ness plans, coach­ing, in­vest­ment and en­cour­age­ment. Be­fore Tues­day even­ing’s cer­e­mony, each fi­nal­ist had to face a new panel of judges fea­tur­ing Michael Tun­ney, Head of En­ter­prise in Done­gal, Con­nor Sweeney, In­terTrade Ire­land and Lor­raine Bowen from The En­trepreneurs Academy to present their busi­nesses. Judges had al­ready scored their busi­ness plans. Fi­nal­ists emerged from in­ter­views ex­hausted, elated and ex­cited, the in­ter­view was the fi­nal hur­dle between them and the Na­tional Fi­nals.

The fi­nal­ists who will go for­ward to Na­tional even were teacher Mark Baldwin who has in­vented an af­ford­able Vir­tual Re­al­ity learn­ing sup­port, Jes­sica Ka­vanagh of Olann which cre­ates a range of so­phis­ti­cated coloured yarns from eth­i­cally sourced ma­te­ri­als and Louth’s Nikki Reddy of Celtic Ad­ven­tures. Win­ner in the Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness cat­e­gory, Celtic Ad­ven­tures have grown from a sum­mer ac­tiv­ity provider to a thriv­ing out­door ad­ven­ture com­pany of­fer­ing both schools and cor­po­rate pro­grammes to clients right across the coun­try.

Aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds, the IBYE ini­tia­tive is run by the 31 LEOs na­tion­wide.

Pre­sen­ta­tion of tro­phy for the Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness by Cllr Colm Markey Cathaoir­leach Louth County Coun­cil to Nikki Reddy of Celtic Ad­ven­tures.

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