An Irish teenager who founded a gender neutral clothing business has won the title of Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.
Katie McGloin, a 16-year-old student from Coláiste Mhaigh Éne in Bundoran, Co Donegal, is the founder of K.T. Clothing, which makes gender neutral clothing for people who prefer to wear non-gender specific apparel.
Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs set up their own businesses as part of the Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program this year, Journal.ie reports. McGloin competed with young entrepreneurs who started companies specializing in products such as personalized dog collars and hand-made soaps for skin conditions. The finalists hailed from Limerick, Offaly, Sligo, Donegal and Dublin.
McGloin pitched her business to a panel of experts and her company was chosen as the winner.
Foróige chief executive Sean Campbell said that he had high hopes for McGloin’s chances of success at the upcoming European young entrepreneur of the year.
“For the last four years the winner of our competition has gone on to take the European title. This shows there is something really special about our program and that the young people coming through it are simply world-class. We are delighted that Katie will represent Ireland at the European level in Bulgaria later this year,” he said.
“We are so proud of Katie and all of the finalists… The level of leadership and passion the young people have shown throughout the process is phenomenal.”