Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland teens jet off to join next generation of entrepreneurs

By Margaret Canning

Two teenage entrepreneurs are representing Northern Ireland this week at a global conference in Canada.

Charlotte Campbell from Coleraine High and Emilie Vose from Glenlola Collegiate are discussing their own business ideas - puzzles to improve children's literacy and numeracy and a book teaching children how to tie their shoelaces respectively.

The 17-year-olds were picked out of 1,400 young people by Young Enterprise to attend the Next Generation Leaders Forum.

The annual event at Trent University in Ontario connects promising young people.

Young Enterprise chief executive Carol Fitzsimons said the event would help the youngsters develop a "truly global outlook".

Bank of Ireland and World Travel Centre supported the trip.

The bank's regional manager Sean Sheehan said: "We recognise that entrepreneurship is key to ensuring a prosperous future in Northern Ireland, so we were delighted to support our young leaders with such a valuable opportunity."

Mukesh Sharma, managing director of World Travel Centre, added: "We are committed to supporting the next generation of business people and entrepreneurs. Young Enterprise continues to ensure quality development and capacity in our youth and we are happy to be supporting them."

Belfast Telegraph