Local teenagers to compete at Student Enterprise Awards National Final 2016

Local teenagers to compete at Student Enterprise Awards National Final 2016

15th March 2016

Teenage entrepreneurs from three local secondary schools - St. Raphaela’s Secondary School, Ballinteer Community School and Clonkeen College - are on their way to Croke Park next month to represent the County and their Local Enterprise Office at the National Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards 2016.

Each year the Student Enterprise Awards programme enables budding secondary school entrepreneurs to set-up and run their own enterprises and to learn about the world of business with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

The students were all competing at the County Final on Thursday, 10th March, which was held at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire. This year, over 1,000 local students from more than 20 schools in the County took part in the programme.

In the Junior Category (1st year), the pupils representing Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown at the National Finals are Therese Reilly, Clíona Moore and Sophie Anderson of St. Raphaela’s Secondary School, Stillorgan with their enterprise ‘Plug IT! Magnetic Plug’.

In the Intermediate Category (2nd & 3rd Years), Abdullah Ahmed of Ballinteer Community School will be representing the County in Croke Park with his fashion label ‘Joker Clothing’.

In the Senior Category of the competition (Transition Year – 6th year), Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown will be represented by Jack Manning, Johnnie Bell and Eamonn Flannery of Clonkeen College, Blackrock with their Junior Cert study aid business, ‘JC-LEARN’.

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every Local Authority area, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country.

Speaking at the County Final, An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Barry Saul, said, “Our local schools are very committed to supporting youth entrepreneurship. Principals, teachers, boards of management and most importantly, the student entrepreneurs themselves, deserve huge credit for their dedication and hard work. Over the years, our Student Enterprise Co-Ordinators have formed a very effective partnership with local schools, to help nurture our next generation of entrepreneurs and job creators.”

The National Finalists will be competing with up to 300 other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland on 20th April. Further information around the Student Enterprise Awards, which is run by the Local Enterprise Offices, is available from www.studententerprise.ie and by searching #studententerprise on social media.

Student Ent Winners

Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Barry Saul, presents 1st year students Therese Reilly, Clíona Moore and Sophie Anderson (St. Raphaela’s Secondary School) with their 1st place Junior Category award at the DLR County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards 2016.                         

For further information please contact:

Communications Office 01 2047090 /commsoffice@dlrcoco.ie

Or see www.localenterprise.ie/DLR