It usually takes years of experience before a businessperson can really find their stride, but sometimes they take to it as readily as a duck to water. Those who can take an idea and make it grow early in their careers have a special something that sets them apart and makes them an intriguing prospect to follow, often exemplary in areas like discipline, determination, boldness and, perhaps most importantly, creativity.
Today we’re looking at 12 upcoming Irish entrepreneurs, most of whom are younger than 30 years of age, who we can be sure have exciting futures ahead of them…
Having spotted a gap in the market last year, these two friends decided to set up a specialised talent management service and booking agency together. Big And Bright gives its clients comprehensive, around-the-clock service in all aspects of their careers.
This 25-year-old started off a student of business before pursuing her passion for nutrition which ultimately led her to setting up a popular food blog full of healthy-yet-delicious recipes called The Little Green Spoon, which has earned her more than 60,000 Instagram followers, appearances on TV and even a cookbook.
Curran is just 18 years old, but he has already appeared on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list — so it’s safe to say we can expect great things from him. Curran is the founder and chief executive of qCrypt, which provides security solutions for storing secrets which are cryptographically and mathematically certain to be safe for life.
The Creaven sisters have been working together at their own dentist practice (set-up by Lisa at the age of 25) in Galway which specifically caters to nervous or anxious patients. It wasn’t long before they realised there was a gap in the market for a teeth whitening product that was both effective as well as safe to use, so in 2016 they launched Spotlight Teeth Whitening which has been a huge success since. By 2017 they even managed to scoop the Image Business Woman of the Year Award-start up, with their online sales reaching over a whopping half a million.
Ireland is a hotbed for innovative start-ups that seem simply destined for great things and more than a few of those companies owe their existence to promising female entrepreneurs armed with some exciting ideas.