Local Student Wins Enterprise Award at National Final

A student entrepreneur from Fingal has won an award at the national Student Enterprise Programme (SEP) finals in Croke Park today, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) for secondary schools.

National SEP Winner Junior Category

Ava Gilmartin from Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together took the first prize in the Junior category with “SpecRest”; a device for conveniently storing eyewear.

The enterprise education initiative delivered by the 31 LEOs in local authorities is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country. Schools around Ireland begin their entrepreneurial journey every year with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and their local LEO. Fingal accounted for 2,700 of these students, making the Fingal competition by far the biggest in the country. This year’s SEP attracted 26,000 student participants from 620 secondary schools around the country. The year-long programme helps each student to gain the skills and practical knowledge of running a real-life business.

Congratulating the local student on her award win, Oisín Geoghegan, Chair of the LEO Network and Head of Enterprise at LEO Fingal said: “I am delighted that one of our Fingal young entrepreneurs has been recognised with a National award this year. We had three great entrants this year and they all did exceptionally well at the judging process at National level. Fingal continues to lead the way in the national Student Enterprise Programme with over 2,700 secondary students participating this year, from 29 schools”.

Further awards were presented for intellectual property awareness by the Irish Patents Office and for social media by Essential French. Twenty students in the Senior category also won a place at the residential Business Bootcamp in Delphi Resort, Co. Galway at the beginning of June, to help them further develop their business skills.

Further information around the SEP is available from www.studententerprise.ie and by searching #studententerprise on social media.