An online fashion boutique from Ballymoney which specialises in clothing for petite women has won a coveted place in the final round of the AIB Start-Up Academy and a chance to share in a prize package valued at over €250k.
Pretty in Petite which has offices in Ballymoney and Belfast and serves customers across the world, competed against 400 other start-ups across the island of Ireland to win a place in the final of the competition which provides new companies with training and to nurture and grow their burgeoning businesses.
Laura Nagamine, founder and owner of Pretty in Petite, will now compete against 21 other finalists from across the island to claim a place on an intensive eight week training programme where they will be mentored and coached by AIB, The Irish Times and a panel of business experts. There will be three prize packages valued at over €250k in total. This includes a €20k cash investment for the overall winner and an advertising and mentorship package for each of the two runners-up.
Laura Nagamine from Pretty in Petite said; “I’m thrilled that Pretty in Petite is through to the final round of the AIB Start-Up Academy. We have been competing against some of the brightest start-ups from across Ireland and making it down to the final 22 out of over 400 is a great honour in itself.”
Edel McCooe, Regional Manager at First Trust Bank said: “We wish Laura the best of luck as she enters the final.”