Rachel McPartlin won the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018 yesterday, Tuesday 15th May, hosted by Foróige, the leading youth development organisation in Ireland, in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin.
Rachel took the title with her business Rachel’s Heavenly Homemades, which is a gluten-free bakery at affordable prices. Rachel established the business as most of her family are coeliacs. Not only does this limit their food choices, but gluten-free shopping can be expensive.
Leitrim native Rachel (aged 16) took the title after competing against 1,200 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.