Cork Student Entrepreneurs compete to win place at National Finals

Cork, 25 February 2015: Over 45 mini-companies will compete to become the Cork Schools Local Enterprise Programme Regional Winners 2015 in University College Cork (UCC) on Friday, 6th March. 

With a prize fund of €4,000, this year some 400 students from across Cork will present their mini-company business plans, display their product or service and show their overall vision for their company to a panel of judges to become Cork Schools Enterprise Programme Regional Winners. The overall winners from Cork City and South Cork Enterprise Programmes will each go on to represent their respective Local Enterprise Office at the National Final in Croke Park in April.

Regional Final Fuzion Mini Company

The two overall winning teams will receive a prize fund worth €2000 each for themselves and their school and a three-part mentorship programme courtesy of UCC.

The day-long Regional Final event at UCC will have a jam-packed schedule aiming to inspire young minds and drive entrepreneurship, culminating in an address to students by world champion race-walker, Olive Loughnane and Prof John O’Halloran, Vice - President for Teaching and Learning in UCC.

“We are delighted that Olive Loughnane will address the students of the Cork Schools Enterprise Programme. Olive is such an inspiration, highlighting how you can strive and achieve your goals of becoming a world champion. Additionally, John is dedicated to transferring research from the field, lab and bench to class and industry, therefore will give these young minds invaluable insight in how to bring their concept to market.”, said Sean O’Sullivan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, South Cork.

A panel of judges, including Isabel Rossiter of CIT, management consultant and mentor with Local Enterprise Office South Cork Joe Kelleher, entrepreneur Ciara Feely, Dr Ian Pickup and Dr. Ella Kavanagh of UCC, and Padraig O'Sullivan from the Beacon Initiative, will determine the overall winners from each Enterprise Programme.

Regional Final 2014 Sugar Plum Cakepop Company“Creating entrepreneurs of the future and giving students the skills and confidence to start their own business is fundamental to the Schools Enterprise Programme. We are looking for teams that looked at the project creatively and developed an innovative idea with a realistic strategy to back it up.”, said Adrienne Rodgers, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Cork City.

The Regional Final will take place in the Student Centre in UCC at 9am on Friday, 6th of March. The winning “Student Enterprise of the Year” team from each Enterprise Programme will be announced at the prize giving ceremony held in the Boole basement, at 1pm.  Additional prizes for Best Overall Company, Best Innovation, Best Display Stand, Best Business Report, Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Marketing incl. social media, and the Green Up Your Business Award will be announced on the day. Each winning team will receive a plaque and certificate.

One student will earn the title of ‘Most Promising Entrepreneur’ on the day, winning the prize of a €100 One4All voucher. 


Local Enterprise Office South Cork is a unique branded enterprise support office within Cork County Council. A network of thirty one Local Enterprise Offices are based nationally within each local authority and will act as ‘one stop shops’ to deliver enterprise supports in their respective regions.

Services include:

    •       Business Information and Advisory Services: Local Enterprise Office South Cork will act as the first point of contact for businesses seeking general business advice and information.

    •       Enterprise Support and Development Services: Local Enterprise Office South Cork provides financial support, training supports, mentoring, marketing, access to dedicated business networks, product and service development and access micro-finance loan funding.

    •       Entrepreneurship Support Services: Local Enterprise Office South Cork is engaged in Enterprise education at both second & third level, promotes youth entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, senior entrepreneurship, enterprise awards and other enterprise promotional activities.

    •       Local Economic Development Services: Local Enterprise Office South Cork in involved with the development and implementation of local economic plans, input into the County Development Plan and partnerships with relevant development agencies both local and national.


The Local Enterprise Office South Cork is funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

For more information contact:

Susie Horgan, Springboard PR& Marketing


Phone: 021- 4969000, 086 271 8163


Louise O’Sullivan 


Phone: 021 4969 000