NFTE Young Entrepreneur Shane Gettins will represent NFTE Ireland at this year’s International NFTE Competition online for 2020.
Shane representing NFTE in Ardscoil Phádraig in Granard, Co Longford with his business “Gettin Eggs”.
Getting Eggs was founded in 2015 when Shane was in 6th Class when a gap in the local market emerged. Since then, the business has grown year on year. As a sole trader, Shane is responsible for every aspect of the business which is driven by his passion and commitment to providing a high-quality product in his local area.
Using the local knowledge of a previous trader, Shane established his customer base and incorporated sustainability and environmentally friendly aspects to his business such as reusable containers.
Care for the hens is central to the success of the business and this requires dedication from Shane as the owner. Since 2015, the business has grown from 15 hens to now farming 95 hens to meet the need. The business has also expanded into providing Turkey at Christmas. These expansions were real risks for Shane but paid off and Getting Eggs are currently providing 2 local shops and in talks with other local shops to sell to. The ultimate goal for Getting Eggs is to set up a poultry farm to provide high-quality eggs to the local community.
The US National Challenge is one of NFTE’s signature events and the most high-stakes business plan and pitch competition of the year. NFTE Young People begin their journey on the #RoadtoNationals in a local NFTE classroom or camp competition. The best young entrepreneurs from across the world advance through a series of competitions. The US National Challenge usually culminates with the top three national finalists taking the stage in front of a live audience and a panel of VIP judges for the final round of the competition. This year, however, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the US National Challenge will be a virtual event, with the final round live cast. Expect the same festive atmosphere and the same level of suspense as the three finalists vie for the grand prize.
Caroline Cooke, NFTE SYO says " This is the first year that we are competing in the US National Competition and this is such a fantastic opportunity to highlight and award some of the amazing work of the young people like Shane involved in the NFTE programme on a global platform and highlight how strong youth entrepreneurship is in Ireland.