Rachel McPartlin wins Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018

foroigeadmin May 15, 2018

Press release  15/05/2018


Rachel McPartlin wins Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018

Gluten Free Treats take top prize

CycleSafe wins Best Innovation Award


Rachel McPartlin, age 16 from Leitrim with the business Rachel’s Heavenly Homemades, which is a Gluten Free Bakery, has won the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018 today, Tuesday 15th May 2018, hosted by Foróige, the leading youth development organisation in Ireland, in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin.


Rachel McPartlin took the title after competing against twelve hundred other young entrepreneurs throughout Ireland.


Also at the event CycleSafe, founded by Breda Magner & Evan Condon, from Limerick won the Best Innovation Award for their business which produces a product that helps increase the safety of cyclists at night, by using lasers to create temporary cycle lanes.


A Special Recognition Award was awarded to Davey Feeney, Tom Flanagan and Fraser Gaine who are founders of the business Kard in Sligo. Their business produced a discount student card to help secondary students live within their means. The boys were nominated by their CET Dervilla Casey, a teacher in their school, Summerhill College.


Seán Campbell, CEO Foróige, said “the Foróige NFTE Entrepreneurship Programme has multiple positive impacts on the young people who take part in it. Career aspirations increase; interest in attending college increases; business knowledge increases; leadership behaviour increases; and a belief that attaining goals is within their control significantly increases.


“Empowering young people is what Foróige does, and we are more than proud of everything the young people here today have achieved.


The companies represent Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Laois, Offaly, Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Westmeath.


For further information please contact:

Helena Clarke, Foróige Marketing Communications Officer

087 632 5138 / 01 630 1732

[email protected]


About the NFTE Programme

This competition is being run by the Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme (NFTE) is a cutting edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme for young people experiencing disadvantage and adversity in their lives.  It is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland and is part of an international programme that first originated in the USA and was brought to Ireland in 2004.


Involvement in the NFTE programme has been shown to improve the business, academic, life skills and aspirations of young people. Foróige NFTE is committed to changing the lives of young people in disadvantaged communities by enabling them to develop core skills in business and enterprise, and in doing so help them to unlock their individual talents and potential.  


The Foróige NFTE programme is made possible through the valued support of;


Dormant Accounts Funding through the Department of Education and Skills basis.point - an initiative of the Irish Funds Industry

Community Foundation for Ireland

Laois Offaly ETB


About Foróige

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with over 50,000 young people and 5,500 adult volunteers annually, through a network of more than 650 youth clubs & cafés, 160 targeted projects and national programmes such as Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Health & Wellbeing, Citizenship and Entrepreneurship.