Teenage entrepreneur to revolutionise travel industry

Arlene Foster with Jack Wallace
Arlene Foster with Jack Wallace

The Minister for Finance and Personnel has held a special reception at Stormont for a young entrepreneur whose travel app saw him scoop a £10,000 innovation prize aged just 18.

Jack Wallace, the winner of the Generation Innovation Internship Prize run by the Northern Ireland Science Park, met with Arlene Foster at Parliament Buildings.

Following an eight week paid internship at NI Science Park which saw six young inventors developing their ideas through a specially customised Springboard programme, (a personalised accelerator process), the interns pitched their business models to a panel of judges.

Jack, from Dungannon, was awarded the overall prize which included a £10K award for use in further developing his innovative business idea in the area of personalised travel.

The prize was developed by the NI Science Park in collaboration with Northern Ireland entrepreneurs Tom O’Gorman and Jim Finnegan and was funded through their philanthropy.

Jack’s business Travellise is a tool that allows users to plan a personalised travel experience, especially for those tourists looking for an ‘off the beaten track’ experience without endless pre-planning.