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#IBYE Competition – Ireland’s Outstanding “30 Entrepreneurs Under 30” on Twitter

Important Update: Comp closing date is being extended by ONE month to the 31st July to facilitate the very active flow of applications!]

As I’ve recently been helping to promote the search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, I thought it might be useful to create a list of some of Ireland’s outstanding young entrepreneurs who are on Twitter. 

The IBYE competition offers county winners an investment of up to €20,000 while winners at national level can receive an additional €50,000. Individuals, venture teams, partnerships, existing businesses with a new ideaand people overseas that will HQ in Ireland are all invited to enter – under one of three categories: best new ideabest start-up business and best established business with a new add-on. Applicants need to submit their application (and optional video) to your Local Enterprise Office, or online on or before 30th June 2014. The competition “is designed to foster a culture of entrepreneurship in Ireland and to encourage the establishment of new innovative businesses by Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs”.

Ireland’s Outstanding “30 Entrepreneurs Under 30″ on Twitter

The following list is not definitive by any means and I’m sure there are people who I’ve missed (Please feel free to add them in the comments below). Also, if someone I’ve mentioned is over thirty, sorry, but I’m sure you’ll agree that they are still a wonderful example to the rest of us.

@patrickc & @collision

Ireland’s 30 Under 30 To Follow On Twitter

Patrick and John Collison are Limerick brothers who founded Stripe in 2010. It provides a low-cost way for businesses to accept payments online and current estimates value the company at around €1.3bn.


Paddy Cosgrave

Paddy Cosgrave is the guy who brought the tech world to Dublin as founder of The Summit”” formerly, “The Web Summit” and previous to that “The Dublin Web Summit”.


Jonathan Cloonan

Jonathan Cloonan is Director of Partnerships and Business Development at GroupM Entertainment.


Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy is CTO and co-founder of Trustev, which provides real-time, identity verification for businesses operating online.


James Whelton CoderDojo

The first person to hack the iPod Nano, James Whelton co-founded CoderDojo, an international network of coding clubs for kids.


Monaghan-born entrepreneur, Terry Cavanagh is a designer of experimental games.


Richard Whelan is co-founder of Popdeem, a rewards app that allows retailors to empower brand advocates.


Keith McCormac is CEO of Glass Robot Studios.


Cristina Luminea

Cristina Luminea is the founder and CEO of ThoughtBox which uses ‘gameful learning’ to teach people at their own pace.


Designer Ed McElroy is CEO of Social Arcade which develops viral branded games, quizzes and puzzles.

@lseultw & @OBrienAoibheann


Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien are the co-founders of Foodcloud, a web based social enterprise that help businesses with food surpluses connect with charities.

@BrendanODris @AidanSliney & @CraigWatson


Brendan O’Driscoll, Aidan Sliney and Craig Watson are co-founders of the music discovery and sharing app: Soundwave.


Patrick Leddy is founder and chairman of mobile business strategy company: Furious Tribe.


Stephen Kelly is animation director and lead game designer for Entertainment Company he co-founded: Studio Powwow.


James McNamara is CTO of CleverMiles, a platform that allows drivers to analyse and compare their performance with fellow users.

@Sconnedy @MrBirl & @Pauricthelodger


Scott Kennedy Cian Brassil and Padraic Harley are the co-founders of CloudDock, a service that allows users manage all their cloud services in one place.


Eamon Keane is CEO of Xpreso Software which connects couriers and consumers in real-time.

@BenTeeling & @DerekGraydon


Ben Teeling and Derek Graydon founded Allogen Biotech in 2011 to meet the need for rapid, high sensitivity food allergen testing.


Founded by Mark Moore, OralEye is “the world’s first dental check-up service via SmartPhone”.


Georgie Smithwick founded which allows students past and present to anonymously review their course.



Dublin-born fashionista, Simone Rocha is the daughter of John Rocha and was named Designer of The Year at the Glamour Women of the Year awards.


Gary Martin set up and is MD of Martin Construction who develop office blocks in London.


Jonathan White is 15 years old and from Co. Cavan. He developed the game – Recineration which has already had tens of 1000s of downloads.

Congratulations to all those that featured and again if you believe there is someone I missed, please feel free to add them in the comments.

Would you like to JOIN the Outstanding Young Irish Entrepreneurs on this list?

Do you have what it takes to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur? Do you have a great idea for a new Irish business?

What are you waiting for? YOU COULD BE Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur?


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  • Wow, what a list, and now I feel very old. Thanks for compiling this Niall and showing what is achievable…..young or old. Congratulations to all on the list and good luck to those applying for Irish Best Young Entrepreneur

  • Thanks Sian 🙂

  • Kehlan Kirwan

    Have interviewed a number of these over the past few years for the Small Business Show. Inspiring stuff when you see them all put together!

  • Hi Kehlan and I’ve listened to one or two! Thanks for the comment and if you ever fancy doing something with Tweak Your Biz, just let me know?

  • Keval Padia

    You’re welcome Sian. Yeah you are right, let’s wait for that interesting updates.

  • Kimber Johnson

    Thank you Sian. I appreciate the opportunity. iBeacons are exciting technology that I am sure we will hear more about in the upcoming year.

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