An Taoiseach Launches Student Enterprise Programme for Local Enterprise Office

An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. has officially launched the biggest student enterprise programme in the country, which is organised by the Local Enterprise Offices.

The annual Student Enterprise Awards, run by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices, including the Local Enterprise Office South Cork attracted 17,000 teenage entrepreneurs last year from over 370 secondary schools.

Now in its 13th year, well over 100,000 students have taken part over the years by setting up and running their own student enterprises in the classroom, with support from their Local Enterprise Office.

Launching the 2014/2015 Student Enterprise Awards Programme, An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. said: "I am delighted to launch the Student Enterprise Awards which are supported by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices all over the country.  This is all about nurturing and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs and job creators as we continue to secure recovery in the country.    I'd like to congratulate all those receiving an award for their enterprising spirit and bright ideas.  I hope that even more students and schools will take part in this year's programme."

Explaining the benefits of the Student Enterprise Awards Programme, the Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office South Cork said:  “Our local secondary school students learn important new business and teamwork skills in the classroom that will prepare them for an enterprising future, after school. Supported and resourced by the Local Enterprise Office, the educational programme offers students a chance to research, set-up and run their own real-life enterprise, helping to foster an enterprising culture throughout the region. ”

Launch of Student Enterprise Programme 2014At the National Finals of the 2013/2014 programme in Cork Park in April, Cathal Daly of ‘Upright Cycle Stands’ from De la Salle College in Waterford City won the Senior Category, enjoying an educational trip to Portugal as part of his prize.

‘Teacher’s P.E.T.’ from Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonba, Newcastlewest, in County Limerick scooped the top prize in the Intermediate Category, while ‘Sheep Watch’ from St. Oliver Post Primary School, in County Meath took home the top prize in the Junior Category.

At the launch of this year’s Student Enterprise Awards, An Taoiseach also presented several of the winning student entrepreneurs with the ‘Sean Lemass Awards for Excellence in Enterprise’.

These award-winning enterprises included: ‘Upright Cycles’, De La Salle College, Waterford City; ‘My Little Big Adventure’, Beara Community College, Castletownbere, Co. Cork; ‘Steindesign’, Castleisland Community College, Co. Kerry; ‘Squeazy’, St. Clare’s Comprehensive, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim; ‘Sweet Tooth’, Presentation Secondary School, Wexford and ‘Social Gamers’, CBS, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Further details around the Student Enterprise Programme are available at www.studententerprise.ie or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SEAsIreland) and Twitter: (@StudentEntAward).  The hashtag for this year’s Student Enterprise Awards Programme is #studententerprise.

About the Seán Lemass Awards for Excellence in Enterprise

The Seán Lemass Award for Excellence in Enterprise are presented to student entrepreneurs who received top prizes at either the Student Enterprise Awards or at the “Get Up And Go” Programme, run by the Transition Year Programme under the auspices of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST).

Run jointly by Get Up And Go and the Student Enterprise Awards, the top three winners of the two competitions from 2013 and 2014 were each presented with a Seán Lemass Award as a special mark of merit, on September 19th 2014. These award winning enterprises from the Student Enterprise Awards were:

2013/2014 Senior Category Winner:

‘Upright Cycles’, De La Salle College, Waterford

2013/2014 Senior Category Runner-Up:

‘My Little Big Adventure’, Beara Community College, Castletownbere, Co. Cork

2013/2014 Senior Category Third Place:

‘Steindesign’, Castleisland Community College, Co. Kerry

2012/2013 Senior Category Winner:

‘Squeazy’, St. Clare’s Comprehensive, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

2012/2013 Senior Category Runner-Up:

‘Sweet Tooth’, Presentation Secondary School, Wexford

2012/2013 Senior Category Third Place:

‘Social Gamers’, CBS, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

 

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