Student Enterprise Awards SEA

Local Schools Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills at National Student Enterprise Award Finals

Co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the Local Authorities Network, the 14th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park, on the 20th of April, saw 201 student entrepreneurs from 69 schools showcase 76 different student enterprises, across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories.  A record-breaking 22,000 students from 620 schools took part in the programme this year.

Awards for Category Winners, Innovation, Best Display, Intellectual Property Awareness and Social Media were also presented during the ceremony, as part of the overall €10,000 prize fund.

The Local Enterprise Office in South Dublin were delighted to have 3 entries at the finals this year with representation in each category. The Student Enterprise Awards are a very important element of the offering of the LEO's as it is so important to foster their entrepreneurial skills from a young age.

“The judges were very impressed with the students’ ability to identify a problem and develop a solution that has real commercial potential. The Student Enterprise Programme was set up to encourage more young people to start a business and to foster a more enterprising culture for start-ups. A record number of students and schools took part in this year’s programme, showing a growing interest in enterprise in the classroom.”

Unfortunately, there were no National winners among the groups representing South Dublin but we are extremely proud of their achievements in reaching the finals and competing with the other students from all over Ireland.

In the senior category we had Hurley Holders from Coláiste Eanna, a school with strong ties to the awards, who had made a wooden, wall mounted holder for hurleys. The group, Ben Kelly, Ciaran Cashman, Daniel O'Riordan &  Nicholas Tannam, being hurlers themselves, had seen a need for some way of storing their equipment as the hurls were usually throw around the house. Using their skills developed in woodwork class they designed and built the end result holders and generated impressive sales by promoting their product within the local area, their school and also the local hurling clubs.

In the Intermediate category we had the very savvy and tech minded group Find My Party made up of Philip Omisore, Rishikesh Biju, Paul Costello & Hugh Harney from Rockbrook Park School. Again seeing a niche in the market based on their own experiences watching parents organise younger siblings parties they developed a website that would showcase party options in the area for children. They approached local businesses that were operating in this market and sold space on the website to them. They will be a group to watch out for in the future as the sales skills and business accumen that they are already displaying is very impressive.

Finally in the Junior category we had Nae Nae Keepsakes by Renée Ní Thuathail in Coláiste De hÍde, another school with an excellent record in the awards over the past number of years. Renée made 3D frames with various themes such as New Baby, Birthdays, Engagements etc. Her artistic flair won over the judges at the Regional Finals but unfortunately the competition was too strong at the nationals.

We are delighted with the standard and quality of all of the groups and businesses that participated in the awards this year and we look forward to seeing what the students of South Dublin will produce next year.

Nae Nae Find My Party Hurley Holders 1 Hurley Holders 2

County Final Results

Excitement is building for student entrepreneurs from South Dublin, who won the coveted honour of representing  the county at the Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park on April 20th.

Selection was made at the recent County Final when the ITT campus in Tallaght buzzed with commercial endeavour as 14 schools from South Dublin competed at the regional finals. 57 businesses representing nearly 200 student entrepreneurs across the 3 categories showcased their enterprising acumen in the areas of Health & fitness,  sport, technology, beauty, crafts and textiles. A total of 28 awards worth more than €4500 were presented across the 3 categories to the winning projects while 1st place winners in each category will represent South Dublin in Croke Park.

Judges were busy before and at the event interviewing students and awarding marks based on  innovation, quality, marketing, sales, business report, finance and overall learning. Local Enterprise South Dublin is fortunate to have a number of steadfast Sponsors and Champions on board notably Institute of Technology Tallaght who have supported the initiative for the past 6 years. Other champions include Tallaght Square, The Echo, Aquazone, Spin 1038, Nic & Ali, Green Angel and Partas.

Praising the teachers and local schools involved in the programme, Colm Ward, Head of Local Enterprise, said: “The Student Enterprise Awards encourages and enables students to take on the world of business and develop an entrepreneurial mind-set. Local Enterprise Office South Dublin works with schools to help foster an enterprising culture in the classroom and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

The three main categories for the Student Enterprise Awards programme includes senior, intermediate and junior levels, with awards made for first and second place alongside awards for best innovation, display and social media. Additional special merit awards, many sponsored by our generous champions were made at the discretion of the judges.

Hall of Honour

Junior  Category Awards:

1st Place Award: Nae Nae’s Treasured Keepsakes set up by Renée Ní Thuathail, Coláiste De hÍde, Tallaght.

Most Innovative Award: Reward Me Charts set up by Dylan Downey & Eric McMahon Collinstown Park Community College

2nd Place Award : Quality Hurls set up by Seán Ó Broin, Tadhg Ó Maolcháthail, Adam Ó Broin  Coláiste De hÍde, Tallaght.

Best Display Award: Coffee & Pine set up by Emma Ní Thiarnaigh & Kerrie Ní Bhroin Coláiste De hÍde, Tallaght. Social Media Award sponsored by Tallaght Square: Ben and Shanes Useful Frames set up by Ben Palmer and Shane Murray Collinstown Park Community College

 Junior Winner 2016

Junior Winner 2016 - Renee Ní Thuthail from Coláiste de hÍde for 'Nae Nae's Treasured Keepsakes', pictured with Denis Higgins

Intermediate Category Awards:

1st Place Award: Find my Party set up by Paul Costello, Hugh Harney, Rishikesh Biju, Philip Omisore

Rockbrook Park School Rathfarnham

Most Innovative Award: MikCon Records set up by Mickey Ó Dúláin & Conor Cronin from Coláiste Coláiste De hÍde, Tallaght.

2nd Place Award : The Survival Guide:Life set up by Erica Flynn, Sophie Fullam, Shauna Melia

St Joseph’s College Lucan

Best Display Award: Anti bullying Campaign set up by Eoin Keogh Greenhills College, Tallaght Social Media Award sponsored by Tallaght Square: The Jokers set up by Augusta Baiju, Austin Shaji, Jeffrin Wilson & Jamie Murphy Rockbrook Park School Rathfarnham

Intermediate Winner 2016

Intermediate Winner 2016 - Philip Omisore, Rishikesh Biju, Paul Costello & Hugh Harney from Rockbrook Park School, Rathfarnham for 'Find my Party'

Senior Category Awards          

1st Place Award: Hurley Holders set up by Ben Kelly, Ciaran Cashman, Daniel O'Riordan &  Nicholas Tannam, Coláiste Éanna, Ballyroan,

Most Innovative Award: Take Care set up by Gabrielle Fullam & Sadhbh Thornton St Joseph’s College Lucan

2nd Place Award : Fast Aid set up by Ben Graham and James O Reilly  Coláiste Éanna, Ballyroan,

Best Display Award: Rising Times set up by Kate Hegarty, Ella Dawson & Avril Quinn, St Joseph’s College, Lucan

Senior Winner 2016

Senior Winner 2016 - Ciaran Cashman, Ben Kelly, Daniel O'Riordan and Nicholas Tannam from Coláiste Eanna for 'Hurley Holders'

Social Media Award sponsored by Tallaght Square: Sole Savers set up by  Kate Britton, Aoife O'Kane, Aoife McKearney, Ciara Ryder, Emma Scully &  Nicola Doorley St Joseph’s College Lucan

Special Merit Awards

Enterprising school of the year award 2016 sponsored by Partas Tallaght went to St Joseph’s College, Lucan

Eco Award went to Charming Christmas Crafts set up by Ruth Barron, Eoin Cully, Colm Meade, Kelly Kinsella, Martin Lawrence, Abiola Oyadina, Stephen Carton &  Matthew Breen Scoil Mochua Clondalkin

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award sponsored by Nic & Ali went to W.A.S Warm & Soft  set up by Uliana Slepukhina Sancta Maria College Ballyroan

Craftmanship Award went to Infinity Hoops set up by Sandra McCelland, Jessica McCelland, Laine Abria, Sophie Wells and Tara Whelan St Joseph’s College Lucan

Marketing & PR Award sponsored by Spin 1038  went to Pinpoint set up by Lukas Bauza, Jeremiah Olusegun & Fuad Usman Moyle Park College

Health & Fitness Award sponsored by Aquazone went to Joey’s Food Survival Guide set up by Genevieve Scott, Angeline Shaly Samrajakumer, Larisa Prelicz, Eve Smyth St Joseph’s College Lucan


Sales Award sponsored by The Echo went to Rick Kid Clothing Rockbrook Park School Rathfarnham


Best Pitch Award went to Mochua Munchies set up by Andzelika Aviziente, Jordan O'Neill, Tony McDonagh, Fiza Riaz, John Dylan Rooney, Leon O'Keefe


Next Step...............Off to Croke Park

The student enterprises representing South Dublin at the National Finals on April 20th  in Croke Park are: Junior – Nae Nae’s Treasured Keepsakes (Renée Ní Thuathail), Coláiste De Híde; Intermediate – Find My Party (Paul Costello, Hugh Harney, Rishikesh Biju & Philip Omisore), Rockbrook Park and Senior – Hurley Holders (Ben Kelly, Ciaran Cashman, Daniel O'Riordan &  Nicholas Tannam),  Coláiste Éanna

Over 300 finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews at the National Finals on 20th April. As well as gaining substantial business experience, there is an impressive prize-fund on offer for the young entrepreneurs.

Further information around April’s National Finals is available through, which also has free resources and video tutorials for students and teachers for the 2016/2017 programme.

About Student Enterprise Awards

The Student Enterprise Awards is a start your own business competition which operates annually at second level throughout the county. The Local Enterprise Office South Dublin engage a Schools Enterprise Co-ordinator who assists teachers in delivering enterprise education and helps students to prepare their business projects for this competition. Teachers manuals and Enterprise Workbooks are provided to participating schools and each school holds its own internal competition to choose representatives who will participate in the County final which takes place in Feb/March each year. Prizes are awarded for Best Business, Most Innovative, Special Merit and Best Display in Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories. Winners at the County final proceed to the National Finals, which is usually held in May each year.

South Dublin has had an outstanding record of success at national level with one or more of our county projects achieving awards on an almost annual basis. For more general information on this programme visit the website

Contact Details:

School Coordinator - Laura Nolan @ (01)403 8454/ 087 9608850 or:

Local Enterprise Office South Dublin  - Sandra Hickey @ 01 4149000 or: