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IBYE: Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur Award-The Journey

By tracy sweeney

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It started with an email. Our LEO announced a country-wide major competition for Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur 2016. We scrutinised what we did, was there another equivalent of us? Just how entrepreunerial were we? And what direction were we going in? As a small business we can get tunnel vision easily, but wow, this competition blew our tunnel-vision binoculars out of sight!

Three business plans & a lot of Dragon’s Den style pitching against some serious judges around the country, we were thrilled to get the news; we had made it to the national finals in Google HQ, Dublin. Off to meet an Taoiseach in the Dail, hanging in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, learning some major industry techniques in Google HQ and the possibility of investors & national & televised publicity. Its been a crazy crazy whirlwind. But mainly, we’ve learned so much, opened our eyes to new possibilities, nearly gotten our jewellery to the Oscars 2016, teamed with great stockists, have been chosen by some great lifestyle bloggers in New York to work with…the list goes on & the developments are still rolling out before the final.

We started this business because we love jewellery & its been a pleasure to tell people what we do & how important it is to buy real heirloom pieces, no fast fashion, just stunning sumptuous statement necklaces & rings that clients will wear forever. Whatever suits the client, we love to work with them on their designs, allowing for jewellery that no-one else has, tailored for them. Exclusive & unique, through & through.

And so, for our piece of jewellery we will soon show the final judges, we travel back & forth to London, were pulling out all the stops & creating a masterpiece; carved cast wax, rose gold, a stunning morganite with diamonds….we look forward to showing it to you in all its intricacy. Oh & watch out for our major fashion shoot, taking place soon with a leading Irish model, too beautiful for words.

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