Louth will be represented at the national final of the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition next month – after Roisin Hogan from Drogheda secured her place in final shortlist.
Roisin is the brainchild and founder of HIRO by Roisin, based in Drogheda, and she beat off stiff competition in the start-up category of the regional finals to make the national final which will take place in Google HQ on Sunday March 5th.
Roisin may be familiar to some as a former contestant on the BBC 1 business competition The Apprentice but now she has carved out a whole new succcessful business career.
She has developed a healthy food product based on noodles made from the flour of the Asian Konjac vegetable. The noodle based meals are low in sugar, fat free, practically carb free and very low in calories and are stocked in outlets throughout Ireland and will be moving into the UK market very soon.
Minister Damien English was guest of honour at the Regional Final last week and speaking at the event he said, “Young entrepreneurs are Ireland’s job creators and innovators.” He continued by encouraging young entrepreneurs to reach out to their Local Enterprise Office who are “on hand to help all businesses start-up, grow and expand.”
LEO Louth’s Head of Enterprise in Louth Thomas McEvoy congratulated Roisinon on her win. “Our search to find and support Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs has turned up some incredible business talent. It’s important to find, recognise and support them in their work because our local entrepreneurs are the business leaders of the future.
“We are so proud to see Louth represented in the IBYE National Final and we are backing Roisin all the way,” he continued.
Aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds, the IBYE initiative is run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation as well as Enterprise Ireland.