Transition Year student Elana Desmond 4E, represented Collinstown Park in the NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Programme. The NFTE programme is run by Foróige. Elana was one of nine students competing in the ‘Innovation’ category at the national final which was held in the Lighthouse Cinema on May 9th. Three thousand students had entered this competition.
Elana’s business (Apronella) involved making aprons from used and unwanted umbrellas. Foroige organised a business mentor; Gavin Lawler from Innov8 Academy (Co Founder of the Irish Fairy Door Company) to assist with her business. Gavin offered great advice and assisted Elana in perfecting her pitch.
In April, Elana was lucky to visit the Innov8 Academy and participate in an innovation workshop held at Trinity College. The workshop was offered to finalists only. Elana worked hard in every part of the competition, operating as a Sole Trader, as she made her way through the various stages. Elana pitched her business idea to a panel of four judges in the final. It was a fantastic achievement to reach a national final and Elana was presented with a trophy in recognition of her achievement of the Entrepreneurship programme.
Well done to Elana!