Headphone Helpers


Wicklow Student Luke Byrne a transition year student in Coláiste Chraobh Abhann in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, won the title in 2016 for coming up with a clever solution to an age-old problem – how to keep earphones tangle free.

Luke developed a silicone band worn around the neck with loops to prevent earphones from becoming twisted and falling on the ground when walking or running. His idea arose from his own frustration with headphones getting tangled when he was out jogging. He decided to come up with an idea to solve the problem as he realised there was a huge potential market for it.

The first step for Luke was to get a prototype made up with silicone, and when this was perfected the inspiring entrepreneur sourced a factory in China to make ‘Headphone Helpers’. His product is suitable for all earphones. The next stop was getting packaging designed and printed and he sourced a company in Ireland for this.” Luke’s first order for ‘Headphone Helpers’ was for 200 units, but today he is selling on average of 120 a month through his website at €7 each – and demand is growing. In recent weeks he has gotten orders from the USA, the UK and France.

Luke is also trying to concentrate on his studies and plans to do business in third level before becoming a full-time entrepreneur. 

More information available on Luke’s website www.headphonehelpers.com