Student Enterprise Awards 2016

Providing a Green Solution sends Monaghan Teenage Entrepreneur to Croke Park Final

After many months of work setting up and running a business, students from around the County showcased their products and services at the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan. Over 100 second-level students from 9 schools participated in the Student Enterprise Awards which is one of Monaghan Local Enterprise Offices flagship programmes. The schools participating in the county finals were Patrician High School, Inver College Carrickmacross, Monaghan Collegiate, Castleblayney College, Our Lady’s Secondary School, St Macartan’s Monaghan, Ballybay Community College, Coláiste Oiriall and Beech Hill College.

The overall senior winner this year was Micheal Martin from Patrician High School with his business Recycle and Grow. Michael’s business idea for a green educational tool came from a conversation with his younger brother and he was delighted with his win and is looking forward to representing the County at the National Student Enterprise Awards Final in Croke Park.

Other winners included Senior Category, second place CeardChartaí, Coláiste Oiriall, third place Roxanne’s Adventures from Inver College. Intermediate Winner: Kustom Kupcakes from Monaghan Collegiate; Social Media Award: Dobhriste from Castleblayney College and Innovation winners, sponsored by The County Monaghan Fund, were first place; The Handy Projector from Our Lady’s Secondary School, second place; Castlebridge Candles, Monaghan Collegiate and third place History Mystery from Patrician High School.

The judging panel on the day consisted of Combilift Managing Director Martin McVicar, Plato EBR Director Dr Cecelia Hegarty and Mr Eamonn Callaghan, former Head of Finance Monaghan County Council. Commenting on the entrants Martin McVicar said he was once again delighted to see the high standard and professional business plans and creativity among the students. He said that while the judges were impressed with all entries this year they were especially focused on those entries that had completed all business stages, from idea generation to sales and profits.

Head of Enterprise John McEntegart said the Local Enterprise Office was delighted and impressed with all the mini companies and it was great to see so many innovative and good business ideas being showcased at the Student Enterprise Awards. One of the objectives of the Local Enterprise Office is to foster and develop enterprise awareness in secondary school students, and to use the experience of setting-up and running an enterprise as the primary means of learning about self-employment as a career option. John stated that, he felt after speaking to some of the young entrepreneurs this morning that was achieved.

Prizes on the day were presented by Monaghan County Council Cathaoirleach Noel Keelan and Chief Executive Eamonn O Sullivan.
Category winners will now go forward to the National Final which is being held in Croke Park on 20th April, 2016.

Monaghan Senior Winner - Recycle and Grow


Monaghan Intermediate Winner - Kustom Kupcakes