Describe the company – the elevator pitch …
TY.ie is a website where transition year students can review and find work experience in Cork. They can also find useful articles to help them get the best experience from Transition Year. We have a variety of articles ranging from Career Choice to Preparing For Work Experience and categorised lists of companies that provide work experience in Cork.
— TY.ie (@tydotie) March 23, 2017
How are you different?
TY.ie aims to provide a central hub for all transition year needs. There is currently no website in Ireland that lists work experience placements for Transition Year Students or provides a platform for their work experience reviews. TY.ie is a website for transition year students designed by transition year students.
Where did you get the idea from?
One of our team members, Tony O’Halloran, was trawling through websites upon websites looking for work experience online. He found it difficult to find a website that has a list of companies that provide work experience. He brought it up with us when we were thinking of ideas for our Mini-Company. We decided to tackle the idea by creating a website for work experience and later expanding it to a general Transition Year website.
Why will the company do well?
Before we started designing and building the website we performed a survey on 120 transition year students in Cork. From our results we found:
68% of the students look for work experience online
63% of the students said they would use a website like TY.ie
64% of the students find it difficult to find work experience outside of their family members.
From these results, our website traffic data and feedback from Student Enterprise, Otterbox and Essential French, we are confident that there is a market for TY.ie and it has lots of potential to be a successful website.
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— TY.ie (@tydotie) May 4, 2017
Where are you based?
We are a Mini-Company based in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork.
When was the company launched?
The company was launched in September 2016
What have been your biggest wins to date?
Our biggest wins to date are:
Winning the Student Enterprise Best Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Getting our first 50 registered students on the website.
After many setbacks launching the full version of TY.ie on March 1st.
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What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?
Our target market is mainly Transition Year Students but we also want to attract Third Year Students, Teachers and Parents.
Tell us about your team?
We are a group of young aspiring entrepreneurs from Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh that have created a website for transition year students like us.
CEO – Leon Keating
Leon Keating, 16, is the CEO of TY.ie. His hobbies include computer science, maths and business management. He was part of the VEX Robotics Team, G-Raf, that became the most successful team in Europe. He participated in the Mathletes Competition and won the All-Ireland 2nd Year Level Competition in 2015.
Deputy CEO – Tony O’Halloran
Tony O’Halloran, 16, is the Deputy CEO of TY.ie. His hobbies include cycling, reading, maths, drama and science. He participated in The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017 with a project on Portion Sizes. His project was commended by Minister of Health, Simon Harris. Tony was also part of the VEX Robotics Team, G-Raf. He was part of the Audience Choice Winning Team at UCC PsychSlam.
I.T Manager – Joel Abraham
Joel Abraham, 16, is the I.T Manager of TY.ie. His hobbies include art, reading, coding, gaming and science. He was also part of G-Raf and is the main web designer for TY.ie. He has been selected as a Story Artist for the annual Cork’s Teen Graphic Novel Project 2017 and is participating in the Young Economist Competition 2017.
Marketing Manager – Uzair Ahmad
Uzair Ahmad, 16, is the Marketing Manager of TY.ie. His hobbies include cricket, baking, writing and business.
Legal Manager – Cian Morgan
Cian Morgan, 16, is the Legal Manager of TY.ie. His hobbies include Soccer, Gaelic Football and Hurling. He currently plays Hurling and Football with St Finnbarr’s and Soccer with Pearse Celtic. He is also playing Gaelic Football with the school. He and his team mates are currently participating in a Munster Championship and it’s going very well.
Finance Manager – Shane Foley
Shane Foley, 16, is the Finance Manager of TY.ie. His hobbies include playing the piano, football and gaming. He has a Grade 5 in piano.
Public Relations Manager – Rory Kelleher
Rory Kelleher, 16, is the P.R Manager of TY.ie. His hobbies include football and woodwork. He plays for Bishopstown GAA club.
What are your long term plans for your product / company?
For the majority people, when they want to look something up on the Internet they go straight to Google. We want the same reaction for TY.ie. When a student thinks about Transition Year we want them to go to TY.ie. When a student thinks work experience we want them to think TY.ie. To do this we need to expand and improve. Our website is generally for Transition Year students in Cork. Our biggest step is going to be getting rid of this limitation and expanding to all of Ireland. We plan to expand the career choice side of TY.ie too as picking subjects in Transition Year can be stressful and difficult. Finally, from our research we found that there is demand for an app version of TY.ie so that’s definitely something we are going to look into.
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What are your favourite tech gadgets?
Leon’s favourite tech gadget is the new iPhone 7 while Tony likes the Garmin 520 GPS Cycle Computer. Joel loves Microsoft’s Surface Studio. Cian also likes the iPhone 7 while Uzair likes the Samsung Galaxy S7. Finally Shane’s favourite tech is the OnePlus Three and Rory likes his Morphy Richards Kettle.
What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?
Building a website doesn’t require the latest and greatest tech but a MacBook or Surface would be nice for presentations and display stands. Our very own laminator would be great (Shout-out to Mr.Malone!) and of course a Nintendo Switch for the hard and stressful days at the office :D.
How do people get in touch with you?
You can contact us through the contact form on our website or:
Tweet us on Twitter @tydotie
Message us on Facebook @tydotie
Message us on Instagram @tydotie
Thank you very much for allowing us to feature on Irish Tech News! We are very grateful and excited for the feature.
All the TY.ie Team