In this episode, I got into a conversation with Conor Lynch, a 21-year old artist-entrepreneur. He discusses his interest in woodturning projects, how his parents agreed to him starting a business when he was just 11 years, how participating in the Junior Dragon’s Den changed the way he thinks about his business, the challenges he’s faced being a student and an entrepreneur.
Conor Lynch is a woodturner based in County Offaly, Ireland. Now in his Final Year of a Mechanical Engineering degree in NUI Galway, he splits his time between running his business and studying for his degree.
At the age of 11, Conor had his first experience of woodturning, by making a candleholder in woodwork class. After this experience, he invested his confirmation money in a woodturning lathe.
Conor designs and handcrafts all of his products in his workshop in Offaly. He sells through his own online shop, as well as various online outlets and physical shops in Ireland and Canada. In 2014, Conor was featured on “Junior Dragons Den”, where he pitched his business to 5 of Ireland’s most successful businessmen and women. He secured the €2000 bursary and mentoring from Dragon Peter Casey.
Conor is passionate about student entrepreneurship, and is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Blackstone LaunchPad in his University, National University of Ireland, Galway. Occasionally, he also gives talks to primary, secondary and 3rd level students about his experience of being a student entrepreneur.
There are plenty of reasons why you should listen to Conor Lynch. Let me give the top 3:
Here are some topics and questions we cover in this interview!
Conor Lynch’s interview is available in audio.
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