BPerfect Cosmetics founder Brendan McDowell.

Profiled today are four nominees shortlisted in the emerging category of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 competition. The nominees will vie for t(...)

Leonora O’Brien, chief executive of PharmaPod, the first of this year’s 24 finalists to be notified by Roger Wallace, partner lead for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

The shortlist for the 2020 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards has been announced with 24 finalists selected across three categories. They were chosen(...)

Lulu O’Sullivan of Gifts Direct/The Irish Store: “I often see early-stage entrepreneurs doing everything but getting the sales in.”

As a 21-year-old growing up in Ireland at a time when employment was hard to come by, Lulu O’Sullivan decided her best bet would be to set up her own (...)

Andrew Day of Keywords Studios: “Allow your business to fail and move on rather than clinging to a sinking ship.”

Andrew Day had a perhaps unusual route into the gaming industry. Having started his career at Rothmans, the British cigarette manufacturer, he went on(...)

Scrapinghub co-founder Shane Evans: “The best advice I received was to set ambitious goals.”

While building a website that would showcase products from other companies, Shane Evans got frustrated. He found it almost impossible to get up-to-dat(...)

Mac-Group founder Paul McKenna: “An idea is not a business.”

In the space of 17 years, Paul McKenna has built his company from having just one employee to becoming the ninth-largest main contractor in Ireland, (...)

Ashley McCulla plans to move, in the coming years,  to 100 per cent sustainable, bio-methane, gas-powered trucks in an effort to practically wipe out its carbon footprint

At the age of 21, Ashley McCulla realised that it was up to him to start leading the family business founded by his father. McCulla Ireland Limited is(...)

Mark Whitaker of Johnson & Perrott

A qualified chartered accountant, Mark Whitaker spent four years away from the family business after completing his education before joining Johnson &(...)

Laurence O’Kane of IMED Healthcare

On Christmas Eve when Laurence O’Kane was aged just 14, he walked two miles to his local town, Draperstown in Co Derry, to buy perfume as a Christmas (...)

Matt Ryan of Press Up Entertainment

Matt Ryan’s first foray into the hospitality business was 12 years ago when he, along with business partner Paddy McKillen jnr, took over the manageme(...)

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