18 innovative start-up companies, involving over 50 young people, will showcase their businesses at the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 tomorrow.
The event, which is hosted by Foróige, will showcase the young people who have reached the final having competed against twelve hundred other young entrepreneurs, and won their county and regional finals earlier in the year.
They will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges from some of Ireland's leading companies. For the first time this year, in addition to the presentation of the overall ‘Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award’, there will also a ‘Best Innovation Award’, and a ‘Special Recognition Award’.
The companies represent Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Dublin, Cork, and Westmeath.
The finalists for Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2018:
ASD Sensory, Dublin - Handmade sensory boards for people with sensory processing disorders
Rachel’s Heavenly Homemades, Co. Leitrim - Gluten Free Bakery
Framed with Love, Dublin - Personalised 3D frames for all occasions
E-Rings, Co. Limerick - Bespoke earrings made from common stationary objects
Tuttlewood, Co. Donegal – Handcrafted hardwood chopping boards
Standing Out Crafts, Cork - Handmade beaded felt brooches, chokers and headbands
Bake & Co., Dublin – Freshly baked goods
Ciara's Frames, Dublin – Custom made framed images for special occasions
Funkee Tee’s, Co.Westmeath – Customised Baby Grow’s
The finalists for the Best Innovation Award:
Katelyn’s Creations, Co. Westmeath - nutritional healthy snack bars
Hurley Holders, Dublin - quality handmade hurley holders
Mika Beauty, Dublin – natural skin products for people with dry, sensitive and acne prone skin
Reading Aid, Dublin – a wooden frame to help people with dyslexia read
CycleSafe, Co. Limerick – a product that creates temporary cycle lanes using lasers
Gate Mate, Co. Donegal - Portable Farming Gate to help transfer animals
WSY (What Suits You), Co. Sligo - A product recommendation service
Barking Munchies, Cork - Natural Dog Treats, made from organic oats and other natural ingredients, including special dietary requirements
Aoife's Lucky Charms, Dublin - charm like figures that can be attached to keys, phones and used as Christmas tree decorations