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Student Enterprise Awards 2020 - County Final


Local Enterprise Office Tipperary have announced that winning teenager entrepreneurs from St. Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh & St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town will represent Tipperary at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Final on Friday 14th May. As with last year’s event the Final will take place virtually with approximately 80 finalist teams logging in all over the country.

The students all took part in the Tipperary County Final on 19th March, 2021 which was held via live stream on Tipperary LEO and Student Enterprise Youtube Chanel. An estimated 1,192 students from 19 Schools took part in the annual programme locally.

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 29,000 students from just under 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2019 / 2020. The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Final.

In the Junior Category, the students representing Tipperary at the National Final are: Ellie Chadwick, Kitty Murphy, Lilly Ryan & Courtney Browne from Kewei Keychains at St. Mary’s Nenagh.

In the Intermediate Category, Maeve Healion and Aoife Kennedy with their project Mo Mhadra from St. Joseph’s Borrisoleigh will be representing the county at the Final.

In the Senior Category of the competition, St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary will be represented on May 14th by Aine Carew, Ava O’Sullivan, Ellie Cremins & Sophie Byrnes from The Days of our Lives.

Special guests at the Tipperary County Final included Joe McGrath, CEO, Anthony Fitzgerald, Head of Enterprise of LEO Tipperary, Sue Anne O’Donnell, Celebrant by your Side and previous Student Enterprise Co-Ordinator for LEO Tipperary, Patsy Cooney, Lecturer at LIT, Tipperary and Cathal Bourke of Bourke Sports.

Tipperary has a successful track record in the student enterprise competition. Recent awards won by local secondary schools included a first place from Handy Hose Holders from CBS Thurles in the 2020 final. The successful student entrepreneurs, Jack O’Mara and Daniel Ruddy of J&D Engineering, scooped the top prize in the Senior category after developing a magnetic hose holder aimed specifically at parlour hoses for dairy farmers.   Along with an endorsement from four-time All-Ireland winner and farmer Lester Ryan, the product has also received the backing of Farmer of the Year 2019, David Russell, who has several in his parlours. 


Speaking at the county final, Joe MacGrath congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Tipperarywith over 1,192 students from 19 local schools taking part this year. Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck on Friday 14th, we’ll all be logged on to support them. In what has been a particularly challenging year for students the programme has offered them an outlet outside of the usual school demands.


Head of Enterprise for LEO Tipperary, Anthony Fitzgerald pointed out to the students that what they are learning from the programme is that with the right supports and encouragement, they can take an idea from the classroom and develop it into a real-life business. The skills they learn along the way, such as business planning, market research, selling and team-work, will help them become more entrepreneurial throughout their future careers”.

The local students will be competing against hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland at the Student Enterprise Programme National Final, taking place virtually on the 14th May.

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, over 220,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business. The Student Enterprise Programme also has new range of online resources for 2020 / 2021 at, which will feature regular blogs and contains a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.  

Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.


Names of winning enterprises


Junior Category Results:- Kewei Keychains of St. Joseph’s College Borrisoleigh


Intermediate Category Results:- Mo Mhadra of St. Joseph’s College Borrisoleigh


Senior Category Results:- The Days of our Lives of St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary


Most Creative Business Idea Results:- Pronaid of St. Joseph’s CBS Nenagh


About the Student Enterprise Programme (

The Student Enterprise Programme is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices and involves approximately 29,000 students from 500 secondary schools every year. It runs from September to May and the 2020/2021 National Final takes place online on the 14th May.                                                                              


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