A young entrepreneur from Strabane is celebrating after winning the top prize of £1,000 in the ‘Future Student of Business Award’ for her idea for an online wedding venue comparison business.
Daniela Quinn was amongst three students from the North West Regional College (NWRC), who were shortlisted for awards.
Ankush Vij and Eoghan Taggart were the other finalists and all three featured in a promotional film, submitted in support of their bids, which also picked up an award for best video for the ‘Tech.’
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry presented the award to Daniela at Titanic Belfast.
The Strabane student’s dedication to her wedding venue comparison website, ‘Your Perfect Wedding Venue,’ helped her secure the top prize of £1,000.
Daniela who is studying a HND in Business, scooped the award at the annual competition, which is organised jointly by the Federation of Small Business and Colleges Northern Ireland.
Daniela said: “I decided to take the HND Business course to learn more about the business world and it was during studying eBusiness in the first year of my course that I came up with this business idea.
“I plan to carry out a survey of hotels across NI to ascertain the demand for my venue comparison website. I have developed costings for subscription fees and would offer a free listing during a three month trial period.
“I developed this business idea whilst planning my own wedding. I found there is a gap in the market for this and my website would be searchable for venues by location, price, guest numbers and style.
“Over the next five years I hope to expand the business across the UK and Ireland and potentially internationally.”
Dr Farry said: “These awards are an excellent opportunity for further education students to gain recognition for their business skills and their future potential for business success.
“Northern Ireland needs young entrepreneurs in order to drive our economy forward. Entrepreneurship is a highly sought after skill which demonstrates determination, a passion to succeed, overcoming barriers to progress and having the desire and vision to be on the cutting edge. Dynamic people such as Daniela, will help our economy grow through the adoption of innovative approaches and potential new businesses.
“I congratulate Colleges NI and the Federation of Small Businesses on this initiative which helps to highlight the value we place on these dynamic individuals.”