Castleisland Community College student, Christian Steinborn is waiting for the chance to show-case his invention on a big stage since last December.
Patience plays a part in the wait and in the invention he will reveal on a special Junior Dragon’s Den on RTE ONE on Sunday night at 9-30pm. It will provide him with the audience he yearns and the success he hopes will follow. You met Christian on these pages last March after he won the 2014 Kerry Student Enterprise Award.
If you are one of the many who recoil at the thought of re-coiling Christmas lights then, recoil no more and, yet, coil and re-coil away. Christian’s has taken the task in hand and eliminated the kinks, the knots and the annual trauma from the taking out and putting back of the decorative, twinkling jewels of the festive season.
And, as Nancy Griffith song told us ‘There are Lights beyond these Woods, Mary Margaret, – and I suspect that Christian Steinborn heard that song too – for the potential of his product is surely global.
It was after that student enterprise award win in March that the big stage beckoned. There was still a selection process in Croke Park in April to be negotiated
Christian, a transition year student at the college, created a new product as part of his TY business project. His invention is intended to prevent the tangling of Christmas tree lights while also “making the job of putting up and taking down lights a breeze,” according to the young inventor.
Tired of untangling Christmas lights and the breakages and the shorts than comes with it, Christian decided to take things into his own hands and design something to solve the problem of storing the lights in a manner which would prevent these perennial problems.
So he created the Easy Coil, a lightweight, durable system of storing lights that is simple yet effective. Christian also created two other versions of the product, one to hold electric fencing wire and one for general purpose.
In December Christian entered the Junior Dragons Den where he succeeded in qualifying for the National Finals and an opportunity to appear on Dragons Den.
Christian hoped, at that time, to be one of the finalists and one of the lucky few who will be contacted to appear on the televised programme. He made it through and may we wish him every good luck.