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Friday 15 December 2017

We've nailed it! Enterprising teens win New York trip

TWO Dublin schoolgirls who set up a fingernail treatment business have earned a trip to New York.

Aoife Maguire and Kellie Fitzgerald, both 16, secured an all expenses paid visit to the Big Apple for their enterprising skills.

The two Glasnevin girls won the hotly contested competition run by Foroige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

Aoife and Kellie, both students of St Mary's Secondary School in Glasnevin, set up their business, FingerTips, last September.

The girls, who offer gel nail treatment for as little as €5, promote the business using posters and Facebook

Aoife said: "Our teacher Ms Griffin rang us to say we had won. We began jumping around, screaming and crying. It still hasn't sunk in.''

Kellie said they are both very ambitious.

"We get our inspiration from our mothers who are both in the beauty and fashion business," she said.

"We want to take business as a Leaving Cert subject and then go on to study it at third level.

"People have stopped pampering themselves since the recession started but now they can again, thanks to FingerTips,'' said Kellie.

Eight other businesses reached the finalof the competition which was judged by Hugo MacNeill of Goldman Sachs, Jennifer Heaphy from Coca-Cola, Andrew Desmond of Accenture and Pat Burke from Grant Thornton.

The girls will get to meet young entrepreneurs from ten other countries when they attend the 19th annual Salute to the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards in the US on April 18.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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