Student Enterprise Awards 2016

Young Kerry Entrepreneurs excel in Kerry County Council Student Enterprise Awards!

The County Final of the Kerry County Council Annual Student Enterprise Awards was held today Friday, 4th 2016 in  the Institute of Technology, Tralee.
Outstanding participation levels saw 60 mini-businesses being set up by over 200 second level school students involved in the competition. The competition promotes business idea development, structure, sourcing of finance, marketing/sales and the presentation of a formal business plan.
The students progressed through the establishment of a mini company which trades over a period of a number of months. An exciting and rewarding programme, students get to experience the realities of entrepreneurship from developing a business idea to producing a product, researching the market, promoting the business, managing the books and generating profits.
Prizes were awarded at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. The winners of the County Student Enterprise Awards in all categories go forward to the National Finals to be held in Croke Park on 20th April.  The Student Enterprise Awards bring a taste of real life business to the classroom.

Senior Category winners 'RipBar'


The winners of the Senior Category was “RipBar” from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion The winning team formulated a healthy nutritious food bar. This is a unique yet topical current business building on demand for healthy eating and high energy returns using nutritious ingredients. Students include Conor McGrath, Lorna O’ Leary, Tara O’Shea and Niamh Stack. 

Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise stated that “the judges were highly impressed by the high standard of product, the level of innovation and the confidence of the students in presenting their proposal.”

Intermediate Category winners 'The Irish Códaithe Competition'


The winner of the Intermediate Category was the Irish Codaithe Competition from Killorglin Community College. This business specialises in supporting young coders and programmers through the organisation and delivery of events. The team consists of Timothy McGrath, Sarah O’Shea and Rebecca Coffey.

Junior level winners were a group from the Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland. This group designed an exclusive brand of scented and aromatic candles. The group consists of Grace Daly, Siobhan Brosnan, Lauren Butler and Cáit O’ Mahony.
Other prizes were awarded for Best Stand, Most Innovative Product, Most Enterprising Project and Best Business Plan.

Winner of Best Stand 'O-Pops'


The winner of the Best Stand Award was the O-Pops from Presentation Secondary Tralee. This business specialises in delicous and indulgent Oreo cake pops. The team consists of Anna Sheehy, Miurne Scanlon and Meabh Pierse.

St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney won the most Enterprising School Award for it’s work in fostering entrepreneurship within the school and was presented with the Cantillon Perpetual Cup.
Mayor of Kerry, Pat McCarthy stated “I am pleased to see the level of innovation, resourcefulness, planning and development of all 60 projects in this year’s awards. This is a real life exercise. It involves idea generation and actual trading. Profits are generated and finance is secured. It is a taste of business and all the issues involved from finding the right idea, funding the business, collecting the money and building the team. I must commend the teachers for their efforts and the mentors  for their support. The judges had a very difficult task!” 

Winner of Most Enterprising Student - Brian Lonergan


The winner of the Moist enterprising Student Award was Brian Lonergan from Castleisland Community College. His business 'Heart Of Gold Eggs' specialises in free range eggs. 

Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council added “Kerry County Council is core to enterprise development in County Kerry and the Kerry Local Enterprise Office is now firmly embedded. I was delighted to be a part of the event today and it gives me great enthusiasm for the future of entrepreneurial development in County Kerry."
Margaret Murphy, Kerry Programme Coordinator emphasised “This was a very strong programme in 2016 requiring extensive work by teachers, mentors and staff. The results are evident with three category winners going to the national final. We hope that we can win another award for Kerry.”
Further information can be obtained by contacting Margaret Murphy, Kerry Local Enterprise Office