Local Enterprise Office Student Enterprise Awards Enterprise Day

The Local Enterprise Office, Meath, hosted a special Enterprise Day for students to launch the 2014/2015 Student Enterprise Awards competition on Tuesday, 23 September in the Knightsbrook Hotel.  Some 160 students and their teachers from some of the participating schools attended the event which ran from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.  These were: Athboy Community School, Colaiste na hInse, Bettystown, St Joseph’s Mercy, Navan and St Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle.

The Student Enterprise Awards (see www.studententerprise.ie) is a competition run by the Local Enterprise Offices where second-level students set up and run their own business. The overall aim of the competition is to promote an enterprise culture where students will readily think of setting up their own enterprise as a viable career option.

On the day, students were helped brainstorm for a viable business idea by Gerry Moan, Constructive Intervention. Some fantastic ideas emerged which proves that the spirit of enterprise is alive and well amongst the county’s teenagers!

Sheep Watch, a business set up by a group of First Year students from St Oliver Post Primary in Oldcastle and which won the Junior Category in the National Final of the 2013/14 competition in April also made a presentation on what their enterprise entailed and how they progressed it successfully.

As a follow up to the Enterprise Day, schools will be availing of a series of free workshops, sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office, on Idea Generation/Business Planning, Sales, Marketing and the Elevator Pitch, Communications and Report Writing.  These will run from September 2014 to February 2015.