De la Salle College succeeds at the Waterford City Student Enterprise Awards

Last Thursday February 27th his worship the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Tom Cunningham presented the Waterford Enterprise Office perpetual student enterprise trophy along with the winner's cheque to Cathal Daly for a business called Upright Cycles.

The winning entry, from De la Salle College founded a business where he made hardwood cycle stands for bicycles with clipless pedals that hold the bicycle by the pedal so it does not touch the frame or rims of the bicycle. Cathal will now represent Waterford City at the National Finals in Croke Park on April 2nd

Other winners include:

  • 2nd place: - Pet Protects, Eimear Buggy, Aisling Fitzgerald, Laura Maher, Heather Doyle of Abbey Community College
  • 3rd place: - Banter Bars, Matthew Kelly, Lilly Rose Fitzmaurice and John Jephson of Newtown Secondary School.
  • Best Display: - The Cake Shop, Sophie Lee of Newtown Secondary School
  • Best innovation: - At Your Finger Tips, Sarah Hickey, Niamh Casey and Rebecca Mulhall of Mercy Convent Secondary School

Students' Choice Award also went to Cathal Daly.

Bertie Rogers (Chair of Waterford Enterprise Office) praised the teachers, judges and students for all their effort. "This programme is designed to prepare students for a possible future in Enterprise. As two thirds of students today will be self-employed at some stage in their lives, it is particularly relevant. Given the quality of entries today the future looks bright for Enterprise in Waterford City".

The Waterford City Student Enterprise Awards involved over 350 Waterford transition year students every year. It is part of a national competition. Each year almost 15,000 students from all over Ireland get to find out what it's really like to be their own boss and run their own business by taking part in the Student Enterprise Awards Programme.

The objectives of the programme are;

  • To give students practical, real life experience of setting up and running their own business
  • To encourage students to think about entrepreneurship and self-employment as a viable career choice
  • To enhance the teaching of business and entrepreneurship in schools by combining class room learning with real life experience

Ciaran Cullen Waterford Enterprise Office CEO (Acting) praised the winning group itself. "Whether it is student enterprise or SMEs, good ideas always shine. organisation and determination are very important but a good idea will always stand out and Cathal certainly had the idea, the organisation and the determination. We are delighted with this year's city winner and are optimistic for the National Finals next month."

As well as finding out what life is like as your own boss, the National Finals students are also in with a chance of winning some great prizes including:

  • A 1,500 euro cash prize for your school
  • An all-expenses paid Italian trip worth over 10,000 euro.
  • All4One vouchers

Waterford Enterprise Office offers support services for start-up and existing SME's in Waterford city. If you have a new business idea or are running a business that requires assistance you can contact the Enterprise Board by phoning Celia on 051-852883 or logging on to