Maria Nagle

Pure Sonas

Course: BA

Year of study: 2nd year

College: UCC

Business name: Pure Sonas

Sector: Health and Wellness

Business idea: Suite of hemp based products

Plans for September 2019

I am aiming to have my website, up and running, showcasing and selling my products. At the end of September 2019, I also hope to have my products stocked in some shops across Ireland.

Student Inc. Programme Highlights

I thoroughly enjoyed the “Lunch and Learn” sessions with local entrepreneurs. I loved hearing their own personal story and how they came about their business idea. I also enjoyed the various workshops organised by Student Inc. throughout the summer. I found them to be very insightful and picked up a lot of tips and tricks going forward with my own business.

What connections did you make on the programme?

  • Peter Finnegan, Director of Blackstone Launchpad.
  • Margaret Shine (Mentor on the programme).
  • Paul Ryan, Labskin.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to Student Inc.?

If you have the opportunity to apply for The Student Inc. programme then go for it, you have absolutely nothing to lose and all to gain. Do not be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone. Also, do not take criticism or drawbacks to heart. At the end of the day it is a learning process and everyone will make mistakes along the way.

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