Longford Student Enterprise Programme

SEP 2021

Longford Student Enterprise Programme

The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme, with Longford Local Enterprise Office proud of the number and quality of projects submitted from schools all across Longford every year. 

As part of the Programme, Longford students get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur. The Programme runs from September to May and students get to do everything a real life entrepreneur would do from coming up with the business idea to marketing, sales and preparing a business plan.

Longford LEO is a proud supporter of this Programme which fosters a culture of enterprise among young people in the community, helping them aspire to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The competition gives students the opportunity to build an entrepreneurial mindset, to learn valuable lessons from the experience of working in a team, to apply learning in a practical way, and to explore possible career paths for the future.

Usually at the end of the Programme in May, one student business from each category from each County has the opportunity to compete at the National Finals.  This year the finals are a blended event with preliminary online judging.  Results were announced on Tuesday, 3rd May.  Five businesses in each category go through to the live event on Wednesday, 18th May at the Helix in Dublin.

Exceptional quality was seen at our online County Final held on 15th March 2022 with three projects proceeding to the preliminary rounds of the National Finals:

  • CMG Skinny Bottoms & Halfzips from Cnoc Mhuire, Granard (Senior Category)
  • Saoirse's Bakes  & Cakes from Moyne Community School (Intermediate Category)
  • Naddy Bot from Cnoc Mhuire, Granard (Creative Video Competition - Senior)

County Longford Senior Category Winners

SEP 2022 winners

Elaine Tully & Aibhe Brady from CMG Skinny Bottoms & Halfzips - Cnoc Mhuire, Granard

National Prize Winner 2022

Intermediate Category Winner 1Intermediate Category Winner 2

Saoirse O'Toole pictured with some of her creations

Congratulations to Saoirse O’Toole of Saoirse’s Bakes and Cakes from Moyne Community School - Longford, who picked up the “Best Endeavour” prize in the Intermediate category of the Student Enterprise Programme at National Level.  The “Best Endeavour” prize was one of the prizes announced at the Big Reveal broadcast which took place on Tuesday, 3rd May.

Also announced were the top 5 category winners (Junior, Intermediate and Senior).  These 15 teams go forward to a live National Final of the Student Enterprise Programme on Wednesday, May 18th in the Helix in Dublin.

For more information on the announcements and on how to enter next year, check out studententerprise.ie