Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Interest At Student Enterprise National Finals

Four Students From Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Secure Spot at Student Enterprise Programme National Finals

Four budding tennage entrepreneurs have been selected to represent Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Every September, entrepreneurial secondary school students come across the country begin their business journey as they are encouraged to brainstorm, create and run their own businesses. In September 2017 over 23,000 students from 480 schools nationwide begun their entrepreneurial journey with the help of their teachers and their Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

An estimated 80 students from 16 schools competed in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County final held at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire on March 15th. With 33 businesses represented on the day, positions were hotly contested. The winner in the Junior category was Loreto Abbey, Dalkey student Amy Harmon with her Amy's Aprons personalised products business. In the Intermediate category, Emma Ruttle from Wesley College secured the top place with her business Shoreline Art. Finally, the Senior category win was taken by students Clodagh Lynch and Khaliuna Munkhtuya from St. Joseph's of Cluny, Killiney with their business Shrinkies - an innovative product to protect phone chargers.

Presenting the prizes at the event, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Tom Murphy complimented all the students on "their amazing innovation and business ideas" and wished them all well especially the finalists as they go on to represent us in the National Finals.

Last year Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown's senior winners Carl Cullen, Cormac Spain and Ross Byrne from Clonkeen College with their sports protection wear business, ROC Protection, went on to become the National winners. At this year's event they spoke of how important the competition has been for their business, and how it has helped them go from strength to strength.

The local students will be competing with hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the 16th Annual Student Enterprise National Finals on May 2nd.