economic lights burning
Despite the economic downturn, bright sparks continue to light up the gloomy horizon.
Budding young entrepreneurs were yesterday gearing up to submit their ideas to the 2011 Fingal Student Enterprise Awards.
More than 800 students, aged between 11 and 18, will promote their new businesses and will be given the chance to be supported by mentors.
The awards were launched yesterday by the 2010 award winners including Loreto Swords student Eva Butler (pictured on opposite page) with her winning submission 'Trinket Charms'.
The awards run from September to May every year and are organised by Fingal County Enterprise Board in Dublin.
Meanwhile, entrepreneurs with an eye to a sustainable future have been showcasing their eco-friendly designs at the Science Gallery in Dublin as part of the 'Green Machines'.
The exhibition features such green designs as house insulation made from fungus and a toilet with a built-in sink.
But it was Andrew Parish's Wavebob technology (above) that won the top prize in the Green Machines Award yesterday as admirer Carolyn Rutherford (left) looked on. His unique design harnesses energy from waves to convert to electricity.
The projects that have been exhibited to some 30,000 people.