George Hook will host the final.

THE excitement is building ahead of tonight’s (Thursday, May 24th) Clon’trepreneur event finals at Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty.

The Dargon’s Den style competition has a €15,000 package up for grabs for the enterprising person or company who can convince local West Cork “warhorses”, that they have a business idea or plan which will bring employment or business to the wider Clonakilty area.

George Hook is the special guest and will be the MC for the evening.

The finalists are:

· Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd- Michael O’Neill, Aileen O’Neill & Tim Houstoun. Michael is a graduate of UL (Electronic Engineering) has many years experience in shellfish and wet fish sales.

Aileen has 20 years accounts and retail experience and handles general day-to-day operations administration and accounts for the company.

Tim is currently EFO Global Shares Ltd based in Clonakilty Technology Park.

· OceanaBoost -Declan Moore, David Ryan & Barry Holland are three fifth year students at Clonakilty Community College and have already proven themselves to be innovative and successful.

They were the winning team at BT young Scientist 2011 & 2012 and they were National Winners of Agri Aware Green Dragon Innovation Challenge 2011.

· Richy Virahsawmy- Chef for 20 years, owns and runs well known popular restaurant ‘Richy’s Bar & Bistro’ which recently celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary. Richy’s wife Johanna looks after the books for the business and will also be involved in this new project.

Richy has shown enthusiasim and commitment to Clonakilty. He has adapted to tough times with new ideas and has created jobs.

· The Clonakilty Cocoa Company – Steve Clery, Tara Deasy & Owen Clery.

Steve Clery is proprietor of local Café Betty Brosnans, his brother Owen is a mature student studying graphic design in CIT and Tara Deasy works with Steve at Betty Brosnans and on the family farm in Milltown.

Tickets are available at Richy’s, Betty Brosnan’s & Tommy O’Donovans