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The Student Enterprise Programme 2021/2022

Student Enterprise Awards Fingal 2022

Student Enterprise Programme 2021/2022

Local Enterprise Office Fingal have announced that winning teenager entrepreneurs from Loreto Balbriggan and Colaiste Pobail Setanta will represent Fingal at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on Wednesday 18th May.  The Finals return to a physical event this year at The Helix in Dublin having been held online in 2020 and 2021.The students all took part in the Fingal Final on the 21st of March which was held in County Hall, Swords. An estimated 1000 students from 24 schools all over the region took part in the annual programme locally.

In the Junior Category, the student representing Fingal at the National Finals will be Maya Ranecka from Patch Yourself from Loreto Balbriggan. In the Intermediate Category, Custom Carry by Victoria Gluszkiewicz, Megan Nolan, Aoife Malone and Emmalise O'Boyle from Loreto Balbriggan will be representing the county at the Finals. In the Senior Category of the competition, Fingal will be represented on May 18th by Alanna Gorman, Katie Murphy and Aoife Connolly from AKA Albums from Colaiste Pobail Setanta.

The winning local students will now compete against approximately 80 student enterprises from all over the country for a place in the Top 15 shortlisted teams to make it to a live event on Wednesday 18th May at The Helix in Dublin. This year’s live event will not only be a special one as it’s the first in-person event since 2019, but also as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Student Enterprise Programme. The Fingal Student Enterprise Programme County Final 2022 was sponsored by Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB (DDLETB) and Blanchardstown Centre.

Bringing Business into the Classroom

The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s biggest student enterprise competition. 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 24,000 students from just under 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2020 / 2021.  The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Final. 

Students get to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real-life business from coming up with the idea and business name to making and supplying a product or service and dealing with customers. Students taking part get to attend workshops, receive in-school talks from business mentors, benefit from visits out to local businesses and take part in a County Final. 

The Programme is open to all second level students from 1st year to 6th year and runs from September to May each year.

Benefits to Teachers & Students:

  • Learn lifelong skills such as teamwork, public speaking, overcoming obstacles, tenacity, managing finances, customer service etc…
  • Provides practical uses for business studies topics
  • Combines classroom learning with real-life experiences
  • Opportunity to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the local community
  • Excellent PR opportunities for schools
  • Excellent support tools for teachers, students and schools

Over the 20 years that the Local Enterprise Offices have been running the Student Enterprise Programme, the scheme has seen some fantastic student businesses set up.

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