A persuasive Galway teen used a 29-slide powerpoint presentation to get his parents’ permission to quit school.
Conor O’Flaherty had to go through six presentation drafts before his parents finally gave the thumbs up for the 17-year-old to chase an online business dream.
His plan paid off. The teen entrepreneur, in his first year of business, secured a €5,000 bursary prize at the SCCUL Enterprise Awards.
But, significantly, his online talent management agency, Pursue, is making lucrative advertising commissions for rising YouTube video stars across the world.
Helping his clients earn hundreds of thousands, he has big plans for 2016. He is expected to turn over more than €2m in commissions.
Conor, from Kinvara, Co Galway, has been making YouTube videos since he was 10 and began working on his first business when he was just 14.
“I’ve always been active in the YouTube community and I’ve always been following people,” he said. “I saw a business opportunity on YouTube about three years ago where companies were sprouting up and I asked myself: ‘Why can’t I do that?’ “
But first, he had to get around his parents.
“They took about a month to decide so I went through six presentation drafts,” he said. “They chatted with successful business people around Galway to ensure my plan was solid — and I was credible. But it took a huge amount of energy to convince them, and also for them to decide as it was a very big and bold decision.”
He began developing the idea in December 2014 and, over the following 10 months, brought the firm to life, officially launching it in September last year.
“I saw it as a project I could build up to something great, something that gives value to people, and impacts people in a positive way, and I knew I had the skillset required to make this a success,” he said.
And the level-headed teen plans to invest his €5,000 in his business.
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