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Friday 15 December 2017

Wicklow teen entrepreneur wins Student Enterprise Award for patent-pending earphone band

Luke Byrne (16) Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Luke Byrne (16) Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Student Enterprise Awards. Luke Byrne (16) and last year's winner Shiofra Ryan (17). Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Kodaline, who are currently on their UK and European Tour, took time out to help the Local Enterprise Offices announce details for the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals, which take place in Croke Park on April 22nd business desk

A Wicklow teenage entrepreneur has won the Student Enterprise Award for a patent-pending earphone band that stops them from getting tangled.

The top prize went to Luke Byrne, from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow.           

Other prizes went to students from Donegal and Meath.

The Student Enterprise Awards National Finals are organised by the Local Enterprise Offices.

The 16-year-old teen took the overall Senior Category prize for 'Headphone Helpers', a patent-pending silicone band to stop earphones from getting tangled.

Co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices across Ireland, the 14th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park saw 201 student entrepreneurs from 69 schools showcase 76 different student enterprises, across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories.

A record-breaking 22,000 students from 620 schools took part in the programme this year.

First Place (Senior Category)

Winning Business: Headphone Helpers

Supported by Local Enterprise Office: Wicklow                       

Description: Silicone wearable band to avoid earphones from getting tangled (patent pending)

Student: Luke Byrne  

School: Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole

Teacher: Ruairi Farrell

First Place (Intermediate Category)

Winning Business: Inish Woodworking                                 

 Supported by Local Enterprise Office: Donegal                       

Description: Handmade wooden crafts, such as lamps, candlesticks, cheeseboards and bowls.         

School: Scoil Mhuire Buncrana                                             

Students: Sean Óg Harrigan and Oisín McLaughlin                  

Teacher: Martina McBride

First Place (Junior Category)

Winning Business: Amor                                                     

Supported by Local Enterprise Office: Meath                          

Description: Modified stirrup tread used to help foot positioning of the horse-rider.                       

School: St. Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle                             

Students: Emily Finegan, Kate O’ Reilly, Ava Caddan and Mary Freeman.                                  

Teachers: Ciara McConnell and Ronan Baxter.


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