Three teenagers who last night won a prestigious award for budding entrepreneurs were said to be blazing a trail for the future of Ireland.
A trio of transition-year students from the Green Secondary School, Tralee, Co Kerry, who created a new social gaming events business, were announced as winners of the Young Entrepreneur Programme in Killarney.
The students claim their business makes the anti-social hobby of gaming at home more sociable by turning it into a competitive public event.
They were chosen from more than 350 projects and 530 second-level students who participated in fifth Young Entrepreneur Programme.
Last night, they pitched Social Gamers (socialgamers.eu), which has already made nearly €1,000, to more than 1,000 people at the awards ceremony.
Social Gamers chief executive Marsell Fasilov told the audience: “There are 340,000 gamers in Ireland and we plan to help them have a great time. Social Gamers is an already functioning business and we are making profit. We plan to find the best gamer in Ireland.”
His fellow entrepreneurs have separate responsibilities in the business, with Imed Abnoun taking charge of marketing and finance.
Davin Barrett, in charge of organisation and logistics, created a 36-point checklist to ensure their events reach high standards.
The trio has already signed up Microsoft, Smyths Toys, and Facebook as sponsors.
They plan to have their third event next August, in Cork, and then to run an event every month throughout Ireland.
The winning team had to face several grilling sessions with a team of judges.
The Young Entrepreneur Programme was founded in 2007 and, since then, more than 3,000 students have taken part.
Students study the skills of entrepreneurship and benefit from mentoring from more than 100 local and national entre-preneurs.
They participate in two major public entrepreneurship events where they get a chance to pitch their business plan to over 700 people.
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