Foróige hosted the YouthStart European Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 on Friday, November 9th in Croke park.
Businesses led by young people travelled from all over Europe to take part in the event having already won the national finals in their own countries.
Spanish business ‘Take This Way’ won the overall award. The young entrepreneurs Miriam Lidueña Rio, Carolina Del Corral Farrarós, Sara Giménez Aragón, & Miriam San José Oliva developed an app to help public transport users. The app allows users to buy and verify tickets with their phones.
They took on competitors from Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg to win the title.
Sean Campbell, CEO of Foróige, said “We are immensely proud of all the participant’s achievements. It was an honour to host this competition, and showcase Ireland’s ability to foster greatness within the youth population.
“This program is not just about business, it’s about encouraging young people to dream big and believe that their hard work will in the end pay off.
“I would like to congratulate all of the young people who took part. They left their home countries, to pitch to a panel of business dragons in a second language. They are an inspiration, and help all of us believe that anything is possible.”