Galway woman headed to national final of the Best Young Entrepreneur competition

Galway Daily Business Galway woman headed to national final of the Best Young Entrepreneur competition
Photo Martina Regan

An enterprising Galway woman is set to represent the city and county at the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur national final.

30-year-old Elizabeth McGloughlin of Tympany Medical was named winner of the Best Business Idea category at the Best Young Entrepreneur regional finals in Mayo last week.

Elizabeth is an anaesthetist and co-founder of the medtech startup Tympany Medical based out of the Translational Research Facility at University Hospital Galway.

The co-founders Rory O’Callaghan and Dr. Elizabeth McGloughlin completed the BioInnovate Ireland programme at NUIG in 2016.

Tympany Medical s developing a visualisation device to enable surgeons to perform complex ear surgery with additional access and a wide view of the surgical site.

Doctors will be able to see around the corner in the ear canal during surgery so to speak.

Hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices around the country, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is a competition for young business men and women aged between 18 and 35 years old.

It is staged in conjunction with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities of Ireland, with more than €2 million in investment funding to give out to young entrepreneurs

Two other Galway entrepreneurs were competing alongside Elizabeth at the regional finals.

Keith Lofus, founder of All About Kombucha, was in the running for the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ category, and Barry Flannery of Xerotech was competing in the ‘Best Established Business’ category.

Elizabeth will now advance to the national finals taking place at the Google HQ on September 15.


photo credit: Martina Regan