Two young entrepreneurs from Wicklow had plenty of cause for celebration this week when they landed the keys to brand new, taxed and insured cars after becoming Nissan Generation Next ambassadors.
Adam Harris (22) from Greystones and Colin Keogh (28) from Bray fended off competition from over 1,000 applicants to secure two of the eleven places that were up for grabs on the prestigious ambassador programme, which helps people to get ahead with the backing and support of Nissan. Their success follows a three week public vote where over 100,000 online votes were cast for 20 finalists. The Wicklow duo ran energetic campaigns, receiving huge support from family, friends and supporters across the county.
Adam and Colin were given the choice of a brand new, taxed and insured car from Nissan's award winning fleet to drive for a year. Adam selected a Nissan Pulsar while Colin selected a Nissan Qashqai as the cars best suited to helping them to take their respective ventures to the next level of success.
Adam is the founder and CEO of AsIAm.ie, an organisation working to build an Ireland where every person with Autism can 'live and succeed as they are'.
Adam founded AsIAm.ie based on his own experience of living with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum.
AsIAm.ie provides a central online hub for the Autism community which aims to inform and empower those affected by the condition, their families and supporters. Through online engagement with users, AsIAm creates training programmes and campaigns to engage various aspects of Irish life to understand Autism better and to become more Autism friendly.
Colin works as an engineer in UCD and is determined to change the world by using science and technology to solve some of the world's biggest problems. He utilises low cost disruptive technologies to make an impact on global issues and has already been named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 in the area of science and medicine.
Colin also co-founded the Printastic Project at University College Dublin which is developing and promoting low cost waste re-purposing and recycling methods to enable local communities around the world to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste.
'Adam Harris and Colin Keogh are exceptional entrepreneurs who share Nissan's commitment to excellence and innovation. We are delighted to welcome them to the Nissan Generation Next ambassador programme and also to supply them with our award winning cars as well as supporting them on their ongoing drive to success,' said Brendan Kelly, Sales Manager at local Nissan dealer, Windsor Bray Nissan.