Blanchardstown app ace vies for his share of €100k fund

by Sylvia Pownall

A young self-starter from Blanchardstown has reached the final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) with the chance of sharing in a €100,000 prize fund.

Ciaran Brennan from Ground Up Software, trading as, has clinched a place for Fingal in the national contest, which will be judged at Google HQ.

He is one of three young entrepreneurs who will represent the Dublin region on Sunday, September 15 competing in the Best Start-Up category.

His software company,, helps building firms increase their profits by using artificial intelligence to manage and analyse their project costs.

The idea emerged when Ciaran was in Australia running another construction business. He returned to Fingal to develop the app in January 2018.

He previously explained: “Our app streamlines a contractor’s business while our marketplace offers suppliers the opportunity to put their products into the pockets of contractors in the field.

“We are targeting speciality contractors operating in the construction industry worldwide.”

Ciaran added: “I have been involved in construction all my life. Our family have a rich tradition in construction, not only in Ireland but around the world.

“I set up my first company in Australia with my brother Niall.

“We eventually managed to build, scale and sell that business.”

Ciaran and the two other Dublin finalists now have the opportunity, along with seven other national finalists, to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and share in a €100,000 winners’ investment fund.

Now in its fifth year, IBYE is a nationwide campaign to celebrate Ireland’s young entrepreneurs and is open to individuals aged 18 to 35 who have an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.

Oisin Geoghegan, chair of the Local Enterprise Office Network and Head of Enterprise at LEO Fingal, wished Ciaran the best of luck in the finals.

He said: “We are delighted to have had such a positive response from so many strong candidates from Dublin this year.

“We are excited to see what will be in store for our regional winners and we wish them every success in the upcoming national finals.”

Further details on the competition can be found on the IBYE website at A list of supports available to young entrepreneurs is available through

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