Two Laois students in the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018
 

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Two young Laois students in the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018  

Two young Laois students in the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018  

Two young Laois ladies made it to the final of the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018.
 
MaryAnn Harty and Wynetta Cawley from Mountmellick made it to the finals of the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 this week, with their creative business Funkee Tee’s. 
 
The Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 were held Tuesday, May 15, hosted by Foróige, the leading youth development organisation in Ireland, in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in Dublin.
 
MaryAnn and Wynetta’s company Funkee Tee’s sells baby clothes. They provide customised baby grows consisting of three colours, white, blue & pink in sizes 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 18-24 months. 
 
Both girls are 19 and attend Mountmellick Youthreach. They reached the finals after competing against 1200 other young entrepreneurs throughout Ireland in county and regional finals.
 
Rachel McPartlin, age 16 from Leitrim with the business Rachel’s Heavenly Homemades was named Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 for her company which produces gluten free goods.
 
Seán Campbell is the CEO of Foróige.

“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," he said.
 
The companies in the final represented Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Laois, Offaly, Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Westmeath.

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland. It 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.