Student Enterprise

Teenage entrepreneurs from Dunmore, Inverin and Kinvara will represented Galway at the 2019 Student Enterprise Programme national final


11 teenage entrepreneurs from three local schools won a place representing Galway at the 2019 Student Enterprise Programme National Finals.


Every September through Local Enterprise Office Galway, entrepreneurial secondary school students begin their business journey as they are encouraged to research, set-up and run their own real-world businesses.


The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities, is the most successful student enterprise programme of kind in the country. An estimated 26,000 students from 490 schools around the country begin their entrepreneurial journey every year with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and Local Enterprise Office.


In the Junior Category, the students representing Galway at the National Finals in Croke Park were: Orla Rose Kilkelly, Nicole Doherty and Sadhbh Breathnach from Food for Thought at Seamount College Kinvara.



In the Intermediate Category, Mark Connolly, Ava Glynn, Cormac Heneghan, Megan Moloney, Chanelle Hardy and Carlos Garzon represented the county in Croke Park. Their project, Skitts, saw them develop an outdoor wooden game for schools, community and youth groups. (Dunmore Community School)


In the Senior Category of the competition, Galway was represented by Feidhlim Ó Cualáin & Stephen Ó Conghaile from Save the Seas at Coláiste Cholmcille in Inverin. The team has set up a website to sell products which raise awareness of issues including climate change and pollution.


The Best Educator award went to Ann Fallon of Dunmore Community School.


The local students will be competed against hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the Annual Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on May 3rd, 2019.


Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.



Galway County winners 2019

Senior 1st Prize: Save the Seas, Colaiste Cholmcille, Inverin

Senior 2nd Prize: Crowvista, Colaiste an Chreagain

Senior 3rd Prize: Banda, Colaiste na Coiribe


Intermediate 1st Prize: Skitts, Dunmore Community School


Junior 1st Prize: Food for Thought, Seamount College Kinvara


Best Social Enterprise: AJA Publishing, Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar

Best Tech Project: Find your Vigor, The Jez

Best Business Plan: Tag Designs, Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar

Best Branding: Halo Health Shots, Dunmore Community School

Best Pitch: GAA Player Boxes, St Mary’s College

Best Display: Jar Cake, Our Lady’s College


Best Educator: Ann Fallon, Dunmore Community School.



Merits: DesMin Best for Pets, Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar

            Clarin Candles, Clarin College, Athenry

List of schools represented at Galway County final 2019


Seamount College Kinvara

Clarin College, Athenry

Dunmore Community School

Coláiste Einde, Salthill

Scoil Bhride, ‘The Mercy,’ Tuam

Colaiste na Coiribe

Colaiste Cholmcille

Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar

St Mary’s College, Galway

Claregalway College

Colaiste an Eachreidh, Athenry

Colaiste Iognaid, ‘The Jez’

Our Lady’s College