Bright sparks from Cookstown High School and Holy Trinity College were laughing all the way to the bank last Wednesday, when they were awarded for their business start-up ideas.
The youngsters, all studying A-Levels at the two Cookstown schools, took part in The Cookstown Business & Enterprise event, organised by Roisin Monaghan through her involvement with Rotary, and sponsored by Bank of Ireland.
“Rotary engaged with students from two schools in a cross-community event to encourage, foster and mentor young people to consider starting their own businesses,” said Ms Monaghan.
“Mid Ulster has a lot of talented and bright people, punching above our weight in terms of education standards, work ethic and aspiration.
“Bank of Ireland is keen to encourage and support, with a suite of tailored packages to help start-ups,” she added.
“I was really impressed with the ideas and commitment.
Watch out for these guys because they are going to be the entrepreneurs of the future - they are going to be the employers of the future
“We are delighted with the response by both schools and happy to support the next generation of start-ups,” added Branch Manager Eamon McGuckin.
As part of the competition the students underwent an intensive application and interview process, where they presented their ideas to a panel of local business people before being quizzed.
The candidates to impress most were HTC’s Miguel Heatherington - who took first place for his replica computer game weapons. Jack Scott from CHS came in a very close second with his mobile phone covers, while graphic designer Dorian Dascalu, HTC, placed third.
In joint fourth place, were EcoTech - Rhiannon Loughran, Serena O’Neill, Daniel Wojtek - from HTC and CHS ‘fish eye’ photographer Callum Scott.
Rotary Club president Colin Thompson said: “Rotary are delighted to be involved in this. Watch out for these guys because they are going to be the entrepreneurs of the future - they are going to be the employers of the future.”