Irene Breen, a current MBA student and a BSc Architecture (2002) graduate, has seen off competition from over 2,000 entries from across the UK to win the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award for her fledgling business 'BellaMoon'.
"It was a huge honour and privilege to represent Queen's University Belfast and Northern Ireland at these prestigious national awards with my new business BellaMoon. Winning the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship accolade – which was beyond my wildest dreams – is just fantastic! I'd like to thank Kat Maguire from QUB Enterprise for all her support and guidance, and for helping me prepare my final pitch in recent weeks and days.
"In addition to the equity-free and business support prize fund I am really looking forward to working with my new business mentor and new intern in the coming months as I prepare to launch BellaMoon on the market.
"The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship award certainly gives huge credibility to my business and will hopefully enable me to take BellaMoon to the next level," she added.
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