Belfast Telegraph

Teens with head for business are given a huge boost

By Jamie Stinson

Six young budding entrepreneurs will develop their fledging businesses in the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) during the summer. The teenagers will receive eight weeks of mentoring to develop their start-ups and receive £2,000 towards developing their idea.

They will also learn about the marketing, finance and legal aspects of business, and gain training on how to pitch.

At the end of the summer the secondary school students will pitch their idea, with a chance to win an additional £10,000 and another year of mentoring.

Newry businessmen Tom O'Gorman and Jim Finnegan will provide the funding for the businesses and pick the winner of the additional investment.

Joanne Stuart, director of development at the NISP, said the start-ups have the potential to grow much further.

"We were very impressed by all of the entrants and their innovations, not least because of their young age, but also because their ideas have the potential to become very viable and commercial companies and products."

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