Limerick County Final 2023


Pictured is the National Student Enterprise Programme Limerick Final Senior 1st Place Award 2023 recipient, Desmond College student, Emma Greaney for her project Rehabilitation Nation. Picture: Alan Place)

Local Enterprise Office Limerick have announced that teenage entrepreneurs from Desmond College will represent Limerick at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on Friday 5th May.  The Finals make a return to Croke Park for the first time since 2019.


The students all took part in the Limerick Final on 21st of March which was held at the Catletroy Park Hotel.  An estimated 992 students from 22 schools took part in the annual programme locally.


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 25,000 students from just under 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2021 / 2022.  The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Finals.


In the Junior Category, the students representing Limerick at the National Finals are: Isobel Romo, Kinga Tobianaska, Melody Ivo, Paulina Varuyeva from “Dunkin Buddy”.


In the Intermediate Category, Elissa Shiels, Laura Brenann from “Benchibles” will be representing the county at the Finals.


In the Senior Category of the competition, Limerick will be represented on May 5th by Emma Greaney, Madison Brouder of “Rehabilitation Nation”.


Special guests at the Limerick Final included All Star Hurler, Sean Finn, SEP Ambassador and Professor Stephen Kinsella of UL who had a workshop with the teachers on Immersive Software Engineering and innovation in business.


Limerick has had success over the years with 2 of the top five finalists last year also coming from Desmond College Newcastlewest. Niamh O’Mahoney whose business “SmartArntU” made the cut in the senior category and Ava Ahern, Laura Brenann, Kayla McAuliffe whose business “Mela No More” excelled in the intermediate category.