Four budding teenage entrepreneurs have been selected to represent Meath at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park. The young entrepreneurs will represent their Local Enterprise Office and their county at the Student Entrerprise Programme showpiece on the 2nd May.

Every September, entrepreneurial secondary school students across the country begin their business journey as they are encouraged to brainstorm, create and run their own businesses. In September 2017 over 23,000 students from 480 schools nationwide begun their entrepreneurial journey with the help of their teachers and their Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

The students were all competing at the Meath Final on March 13th which was held at the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim. An estimated one thousand students from sixteen of the county’s schools took part in the annual programme locally.

In the Junior Category, the students representing Meath at the National Finals are: Jake Casserly, Matthew Clinton and Cian Perdisatt from St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan with their business ”Code-Ed”, a fun an interactive game to teach coding.

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Winners of Junior Category, Jake Casserly Matthew Clinton and Cian Perdisatt

In the Intermediate Category, Leone Yore from Eureka Secondary School, Kells will be representing the county in Croke Park with her business “The Woolly Craft Maker”.

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Winner of the Intermediate Category, Leone Yore

In the Senior Category of the competition, Meath will be represented on 2nd May by Darragh Canny and Sean Keogh from “The Roofing Safety Bar” at St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan.

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Darragh Canny and Sean Keogh The Roofing Safety Bar with Gareth Mc Mahon teacher

Special guests at the Meath Final included Cllr Gerry O’Connor, Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council.

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every Local Authority area, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country. County Meath has a very strong record in the student enterprise competition. Recent awards won by local secondary schools have included first prize in the Junior Category for St. Oliver Post Primary School in Oldcastle and a Social Media Award by St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne.

The success of the Student Enterprise Programme is down to the entrepreneurial spirit of the students involved and Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive of Meath County Council stated:

“I would like to pay tribute to all who took part in this programme and to their schools and teachers for supporting the entrepreneurs of the future” said Meath County Council Chief executive Jackie Maguire. “I want especially congratulate the winners and I wish them well in the national finals”.

Joe English, Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office Meath was quick to praise this year’s entrants. “Every year we are blown away by the ideas and the business savvy that these students have acquired at such a young age. They really are a credit to their teachers and school staff who have helped to nurture this talent. The Student Enterprise Programme is growing appeal every year and we hope to see many of these excellent young students coming through the door of their local LEO in the years to come. We wish todays winners all the very best as they go on to represent their county at the National Finals in Croke Park in May.”

The local students will be competing with hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the 16th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on May 2nd. The Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003 and with over 150,000 students getting involved since its inception.

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

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.