A 16-year-old Sligo GAA fan has won the title of Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for a business he developed called Gaelic Superstore.
Conor Stinchon’s win was unveiled yesterday at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin
he got seed money for his business after selling an Instagram page he had developed giving GAA Updates.
He started to create designs for GAA gloves on paper, with different colours. This led to the creation of Gaelic Superstore which offers personalised GAA gloves which can be customised for club, school and county teams.
The competition is the culmination The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Programme which is provided by Foróige in Ireland and is affiliated to NFTE International.
“As part of their learning, the young entrepreneurs participate in business plan competitions in their schools, regions and at semi-final level,” said Sean Campbell, CEO of Foróige.
“110 local competitions, led to 20 regional finals, and several semi-finals, with over 3,000 young people participating.”
“All of these competitions paved the way to the National Awards today where 45 youth businesses, from all over the country, pitched their businesses to a prestigious panel of judges to compete for the title of Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2019.
“The winning groups will receive a mentoring package from Microsoft tailored to the needs of their business and also have the amazing opportunity of representing Ireland in the European Awards in Barcelona in November.
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