County Finalists announced for Student Enterprise Programme Virtual Final

County Finalists announced for Student Enterprise Programme Virtual Final

Carlow County Council’s - Local Enterprise Office is delighted to announce the Finalists for this year’s Student Enterprise Programme 2020/21 representing five second level schools in County Carlow. The County Final will take place on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 2pm, where the winners will be announced live on air.  As with last year’s event the Final will take place virtually where Noel Davidson, The Entrepreneurs Academy, will host the event.

There were 53 businesses entered into this year’s County Final and on Tuesday 16th March 2021, the Judges met to shortlist this to 8 businesses. These 8 Finalists will be invited to chat with Noel Davidson at the County Final. 

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Congratulating the Students , Tom O’Neil Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council said “I personally love to see projects where young people and the next generation is at the heart of ta project and the Student Enterprise Programme is one such programme run by Carlow County Council which inspires the next generation”. “I’d like to personally congratulate each of the 53 across the schools in County Carlow who took part in this year’s shortlisting and thank each of their teachers , parents and schools for assisting us to play our part in developing the entrepreneurial spirit in the County”

Joining the County Final will be Kate Gaynor, a local Carlow businesswoman who owns and runs The Paint Hub. Kate took part in the Student Enterprise Programme when she was in school and went on then to compete in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. She will be talking about the ups and downs she has faced that have led her to where she is today.

Speaking about the awards process , Aine Carey , Enterprise Executive with the Local Enterprise Office said “The County Final is part of an educational journey for the students who participate and its been great to work with the schools over the year to help them to get to this stage”. The Enterprise Executive continued to say “I look forward to supporting the winning teams in their road from the local to national final which will held later in the year and wish each of the team’s best of luck with next week’s final event”.

Announcing the winners at the County Final on 24th March will be Tom O’Neil Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council and the shortlisted teams include:

  • Local Enterprise Office Carlow County Finalist representing Borris Vocational School is Wooden Craft McD.
  • Local Enterprise Office Carlow County Finalist representing St. Mary’s Academy CBS is Carlow Seasonal and Woodwork by Paulius.
  • Local Enterprise Office Carlow County Finalist representing Knockbeg College is PM Sports.
  • Local Enterprise Office Carlow County Finalist representing St Leo’s College Carlow is Swirl & Splash, The Holy Angel's Calendars 2021, and Nutella Cookies.
  • Local Enterprise Office Carlow County Finalist representing Tyndall College is E-TEM.

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 29,000 students from just under 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2019 / 2020.  The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Final.

Special guests at the County Final will include Tom O’Neil Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Kate Gaynor Owner of The Paint Hub, Áine Carey Student Enterprise Co-Ordinator, Kieran Comerford Head of Enterprise and Economic Development and Gemma Collins IT Carlow one of the Student Enterprise Judges. Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.



For further information, please contact Local Enterprise Office Carlow on or call Kieran Comerford on 086/8252037

Notes to Editor

Names of participating schools in Student Enterprise Programme: Tyndall College, St. Mary’s Academy CBS, Borris Vocational School, St. Leo’s College, and Knockbeg College.

 About the Student Enterprise Programme (

The Student Enterprise Programme is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices and involves approximately 29,000 students from 500 secondary schools every year. It runs from September to May and the 2020/2021 National Final takes place online on the 14th May.                                                                               

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