Galway Student Enterprise Awards Finalists Announced

The Galway final of the Student Enterprise awards took place at the Clayton Hotel last week. 220 students from 16 schools across Galway City and County entered the final with 11 award winners announced by LEO Galway’s Head of Enterprise, Breda Fox.  

The level of entries this year was especially high. The three top winners were ‘Citysmarts’ an app developed by students in Coláiste na Coiribe, Knocknacarra, which won the overall senior category. The intermediate overall winners were ‘Fix-it’, featuring a repair service for mobile phone charging cables, from Coláiste Einde in Salthill. Winner of the overall junior award was ‘Craft Card Company’ which produced handmade original greeting cards using the ancient craft of printmaking. The three top award winners will represent Galway in the national final at Croke Park on 2nd of May.

Other Galway award winners included Senior 2nd place, won by ‘Pallas Biscuit Cake’ from Portumna CS; Senior 3rd Place, won by ‘Tendon Loving Care’, from St. Raphael’s College; Best Display, won by ‘Fun Filled Frames’ from Claregalway College; Best Interview and Pitch, won by ‘U Name it Yours’ from Merlin College, for development of branded equestrian products; Best Branding, won by ‘Fancy Fudge’ from Coláiste na Coiibe; Best Business Plan, won by ‘Jasecomi Rollers’ from Dunmore CS, for the development of a fitness roller product; Best Technology ‘Handy Head’ from Scoil Bhride, Convent of Mercy, for development of a unique dental care product and Best Eco Award, win by ‘BCB Stationary’ from Coláiste Einde, for their creation of recycled stationary products. All winners were issued with cash prizes and certificates of participation.

Judges were Niamh Costello, General Manager, Galway Technology Centre, Micheal Dyer from Clean Cut Meals and Business Representative Basil Fenton.

The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s biggest student enterprise competition. Each year over 22,000 secondary students from 620 schools across Ireland take part in this Programme by setting up and running their own student business. Students get to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on experience of the world of business.

Students get to do everything a real life entrepreneur does when setting up a business, from coming up with the idea and business name to making and supplying a product or service and dealing with customers. They attend workshops, receive in-school talks from business mentors and benefit from visits to local businesses, learning lifelong skills such as teamwork, public speaking, overcoming obstacles, tenacity, managing finances and customer service. The Programme is open to all second level students from 1st year to 6th year and runs from September to May each year. For more information on the competition, visit and

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