Local student entrepreneurs from Co. Meath will be flying the flag for the county at the Student Enterprise Programme National Final in Dublin’s Croke Park on May 3rd.
Co-ordinated locally by the Local Enterprise Office, Meath, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. Since last September, 22,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been researching, setting up and running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.
The student enterprises representing Meath at the National Finals on Mary 3rd in Croke Park will be:
Junior Category: “Bling My Bin”, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan.
Intermeditate Category: Hasta La Vista, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan.
Senior Category: “Videogrinds”, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan.
All three winners were under the guidance of teacher, Gareth Mc Mahon. Other winners at the County Final of the Meath Student Enterprise Awards which was held in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on March 6th were as follows:
Second Prize and Best Pitch: “Extend a Heel”, St. Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle..
Third Prize: “Lucky Cookies”, Ashbourne Community School.
Highly Commended: “Gift Box”, Ashbounre Community School.
Second Prize and Best Display: “2Sweet”, Ashbourne CS.
Second Prize: “Get a Grip”, Ashbourne CS.
Third Prize: “Klean Kit”, Athboy CS.
Best Display: “TEKKR”, Colaiste na hInse Bettystown.
Best Pitch: “Videogrinds”, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan.
Over 300 finalists from all over the country, including the Meath finalists, will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. The students will be judged on criteria such as innovation, market research, production, finances and business planning.
Ahead of this year’s National Finals in Croke Park, Joe English, Head of Enterprise with LEO Meath praised the achievements of the local finalists, saying: “Since last September, our student entrepreneurs have been setting up and running their own real-life businesses, learning important business lessons along the way. By promoting an enterprising culture in local classrooms, the Local Enterprise Offices are helping to support and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs. This is especially important during this, LEO National Enterprise Week.”
Cllr Eugene Cassidy, Leas Cathaoirleach, Meath County Council praised the student entrepreneurs saying: “One of the aims of the Local Enterprise Office is to help create an enterprise culture in the county and I hope that this experience of running your own business has been most enjoyable and beneficial and will prompt you, maybe some time in the future, to choose self employment as an option. The world needs people like you to keep it running!”
The Student Enterprise Awards programme is run across three categories by the network of Local Enterprise Offices. Junior Category is for first year students; Intermediate Category is for second years and Junior Certificate students and the Senior Category is for transition year, fifth year, Leaving Cert, LCVP and LCA students. The Local Enterprise Office Meath is supported by the Irish Government and the European Commission under the National Development Plan 2014-2020.
The results of this year’s National Finals will be posted on the official website at www.studententerprise.ie, which also has free resources and video tutorials for students and teachers.
The Local Enterprise Office, Meath, would like to wish it’s finalists all the best of luck at the National Final on May 3rd in Croke Park.