A 15 year old transition year student from Tralee who has created a blog which has attracted 39,000 pageviews since its launch in October was announced as winner of the Young Entrepreneur Programme at a glitzy ceremony in Killarney, Co. Kerry last night (Thursday May 9th). Kaithlin Corcoran of Presentation Secondary School in Tralee is a self-professed fashion addict who once stopped Hilary Clinton on the street in New York. "Hilary even allowed me to try on her Emilio Pucci coat" she told the audience. She also wrote to Kate Middleton with ideas for her wedding dress and got a personal response. Kaithlin was chosen from over 350 projects and 443 second level students who participated in the 6th Young Entrepreneur Programme. Last night, she pitched her business to 700 people at the Malton Hotel in Killarney. She will celebrate with a trip to New York where they'll be hosted by Credit Suisse and learn how technology start-ups work in the Big Apple.
Getting to the top was tough - the winning team had to face several grilling sessions with a team of judges including H&K International David Bobbett and Entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly who said that their project showed an exceptional level of skill and enterprise. " These students have branded themselves out as success stories at a very early age. It's the future of Ireland" Jerry Kennelly commented last night. Kennelly and other other judges challenged the students on the innovation, profitability and scability of their businesses.
Young Entrepreneur Programme Milestones 2012-2013 Academic Year
» View Business Boot Camp 2012
» View Highlights of Blue Sky Day 2011
» View Highlights and Full video of Awards, 2011
» View Highlights of Business Boot Camp, 2011
» View Blue Sky Day 2010
» View Business Boot Camp - Friday 29th January 2010
» View highlights of Blue Sky Day, Friday 2nd October, 2009.
» Spin Interviews