€ 50k fund is on of­fer for lo­cal young en­trepre­uners

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

LO­CAL En­ter­prise Of­fice Sligo has launched its search for Sligo’s Best Young En­tre­pre­neur of 2018. The IBYE Com­pe­ti­tion is open to en­trepreneurs be­tween the ages of 18 and 35 who have a busi­ness idea, start- up busi­ness or es­tab­lished busi­ness.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Sligo has a € 50,000 in­vest­ment fund for the County win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion. County win­ners in the ‘ Best Start- Up’ and ‘ Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness’ cat­e­gories will re­ceive € 15,000 each and the two run­ners- up will each re­ceive € 5,000.

The ‘ Best Busi­ness Idea’ cat­e­gory win­ner lo­cally will re­ceive an in­vest­ment prize of € 7,000 and the run­ner- up will re­ceive € 3,000. County win­ners go on to rep­re­sent Sligo in the re­gional fi­nal and from there to the na­tional fi­nal where a € 100,000 in­vest­ment fund is up for grabs!.

Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Sligo are hold­ing an ‘ En­ter­prise Day’ to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the com­pe­ti­tion. It takes place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 1st at City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo. The sched­ule of events will run twice dur­ing the day, firstly be­tween 12.00 and 3.30 pm and then be­tween 6.00 pm and 9.30 pm. SOME politi­cian are driven by ego. Oth­ers like Ea­mon Scan­lon do the job for the love of it. The Fianna Fail TD is a mild man­nered man, a trait he says came from his late mother, Mary- Anne who ‘ was a lady and a gen­tle soul.’

The Ballymote man was born and bred in the South Sligo town. His com­fort­able home sits on an el­e­vated site over­look­ing the place he has never left.

You don’t need a sat nav to find his pris­tine white bun­ga­low. Wind­ing down the win­dow and ask­ing a passer- by is all that is re­quired. Ev­ery­one knows Ea­mon. And proof of his pop­u­lar­ity was seen in the polls over the years.

In the 2007 gen­eral elec­tion, he headed the poll with 9,400 first pref­er­ence votes. He knows what it is like to lose also - hav­ing nar­rowly missed out on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

“In 1985 when I first ran for a seat at

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