Tara tells students to be on their toes
Published 24/09/2011 | 05:00
A 16-year-old girl has already managed to break into lucrative foreign markets with a business idea that capitalises on women's love of shoes.
Tara Haughton's philosophy is simple -- just because you bought your high heels on the high street, it doesn't mean they can't look designer.
The fifth-year student at Cross and Passion College in Kilcullen, Co Kildare, already exports her 'Rosso Solini' sole stickers to 22 different countries through her website.
Tara came to prominence last year when she won a student enterprise mini company award for her sole stickers that fit any pair of high heels but give them a designer makeover.
The teenager was in Tralee, Co Kerry, yesterday for Blue Sky Day where she shared her experience with 700 students from 22 schools who are taking part in the fifth Young Entrepreneur Programme organised by the Institute of Technology Tralee, Shannon Development and Jerry Kennelly of Tweak.com.
Now in its fifth year, the programme aims to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in students who come up with an idea and then get mentored by successful business people. So far over 2,500 students have taken part through their schools.
Superquinn founder and Independent senator Fergal Quinn said he believed the programme should be rolled out to all second level schools in the country.
"I'm so impressed, but this is only happening in Kerry and I think this has to expand right across the country because the concept is so good," he said.