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Tallaght teen wins entrepreneur prize

AN ENTERPRISING Tallaght teen has won a national competition for youth entrepreneurship with an ear muff company, writes Sarah McCabe.

Amy Keating (17) came first out of 850 competing businesses that have a combined revenue of €250,000.

Youth organisation Foroige runs the competition for businesses created by young people from low income communities.

It was founded by US businessman Steve Mariotti in New York in 1987 to prevent at-risk young people from dropping out of the education system.

Judges of the Irish competition included Insomnia CEO Bobby Kerr and Goldman Sachs MD Hugo MacNeill.

Amy's business, CoZey SoundZ, makes and sells colourful ear muffs with inbuilt ear phones, marketed to young women through Facebook.

Second place went to students from Mercy College in Sligo for Adaptable Books, a series of four children's books dealing with issues from bereavement to cyber-bullying.

Irish Independent