Teen entrepreneurs from Westmeath on countdown to Student Enterprise National Final on May 2nd

Teen entrepreneurs from Westmeath on countdown to Student Enterprise National Final on May 2nd

23,600 students from 480 Irish secondary schools take part in Student Enterprise Programme through the Local Enterprise Offices every year, bringing the world of business into the classroom.

Some of the county’s most enterprising teenagers are ‘counting down’ to the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on Wednesday, May 2nd in Croke Park.

Starting every September, students across three age categories (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) research, set up, and run their own businesses with the help of their teachers and supports from Local Enterprise Office Westmeath. Nationwide, 230 students from 77 different student enterprises have now reached this year’s National Finals, having qualified through school and county finals earlier in the year.

Student entrepreneurs from Moate Community School and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge will be representing Westmeath on May 2nd, including:

-        Little Pip from Moate Community School in the Junior Category

-        Easy Bakes from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge in the Intermediate Category

-        Aon Sceal from Moate Community School in the Senior Category

Little Pip 1Easy BakesAon Sceal

Working under the guidance of Lisa Doyle from Moate Community School, the Junior Category finalist is: Emma Dickson. Emma created bandanas for dogs.

In the Intermediate Category, the students competing in Croke Park under the guidance of Mary Marshall from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge are Colin McGee, Aisling Keogh, Matthew Brennan, Sarah Coleman and Tegan Tuite. These students have developed a recipe in a jar.

And finally, Jack O’Donovan, Saoirse Ripley, Sinead Kelly, Niamh Kelly and Jamie Ravenhill are competing in the Senior Category, under the guidance of Patrice Smyth from Moate Community School. These students have developed an Irish children’s storybook with English translation.

Run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in every local authority area, the Student Enterprise Programme is the biggest enterprise education initiative of its kind in the country, with 23,600 students taking part every year from 480 second-level schools. Funding for the programme is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland, and since it started in 2003, over 150,000 students have now taken part.

Catherine Darby, Student Enterprise Co-ordinator with Local Enterprise Office Westmeath said: “The National Final in Croke Park is the biggest celebration of secondary school entrepreneurs in the country every year and we want to wish the students from Westmeath the very best of luck in judging on May 2nd.Thanks to the support of teachers from over 480 schools, including 10 local schools here in Westmeath, the Student Enterprise Programme links in with the school curriculum around enterprise in the classroom and really helps students gain skills and practical knowledge of running a real-life business. The programme also encourages more students to consider entrepreneurship as a future career choice, with Local Enterprise Office Westmeath on hand to help.”

The special guest at this year’s National Final is the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D.

 

Last year’s Senior Category nationally was won by ‘ROC Protection’ from Clonkeen College in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, with a protective base layer for hurling and camogie players.

 

The 2017 Junior Category winner was Blathnaid Murphy of ‘Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties’ from Our Lady’s Secondary School in Louth, and the Intermediate Category winner was Cillian Scott of ‘Scott Engine Tables’ from Coláiste Chill Mhantáin in Wicklow.

Further information about the Student Enterprise Programme is available from www.studententerprise.ie, with free resources available for teachers and schools.

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Notes to Editor

For further details, pictures and for interviews with students or organisers, please contact Local Enterprise Office Westmeath on 044 9338945.                                                                                                                                                

Event Information: Student Enterprise Programme (National Finals on May 2nd 2018, Croke Park )

Co-ordinated by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities across the country, the Student Enterprise Programme is now in its 16th year. The official website address for the programme is www.studententerprise.ie.                                                                                                    

As part of its remit, the Local Enterprise Offices aim to foster an enterprise culture among students in Ireland. Students qualify for the National Final via their School or County Final, organised by their Local Enterprise Office. Funding for the programme is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

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