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WESTMEATH STUDENTS SET FOR NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FINAL

 

Local Enterprise Office Westmeath have announced that the winning teenager entrepreneurs from Moate Community School, Athlone Community College and Loreto College Mullingar will represent Westmeath 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 Westmeath County Final on Wednesday the 24th of March, which was held virtually on the LEO Westmeath Facebook Page and viewed remotely by students and teachers. An estimated 1100 students from 11 schools took part in the annual programme locally throughout the year.

 

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 Westmeath at the National Final are: Lucy Champ and Aoife Bolger from ‘Wreaths by Occasion’ at Moate Community School.

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In the Intermediate Category, Emily McDonnell and Ciara Healy from Seedy Feedy Bird Feeds at Athlone Community College will be representing the county at the Final.

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In the Senior Category of the competition Westmeath will be represented on May 14th by Emily Flynn and Emily Shaw from ‘Sustainable Stationery’ at Loreto College, Mullingar.

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The judges at the Final included successful Westmeath entrepreneurs Enda Geoghegan of Lift Hire Ireland and David Quirke of Wholesome Kitchen Ireland, along with Catherine Darby, Business Advisor in the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath.

 

Director of Lift Hire Ireland, Enda Geoghan was also a special guest at the Westmeath County Final. Enda shared some words of wisdom with the students and congratulated the students on their achievement.

 

Speaking at the county final, Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council congratulated the students, said “I’d like to congratulate you, the students, for your effort and your enthusiasm and for your enterprise.”. Pat continued by thanking the teachers involved in this year’s LEO Westmeath Student Enterprise Programme and noted their tremendous efforts.

 

Catherine Darby, Student Enterprise Co-ordinator of Local Enterprise Office Westmeath congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Westmeath, with over 1100 students from 11 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. What our students 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 a new range of online resources for 2020 / 2021 at www.StudentEnterprise.ie, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.  

 

Junior Category Results

Junior Category Winner

‘Wreaths by Occasion’ by Aoife Bolger & Lucy Champ from Moate Community School

 

Junior Category Runner Up

‘Creative Plaques’ by Darragh Madden, Lauren White & Sears Henson from Moate Community School

 

Intermediate Category Results

Intermediate Category Winner

‘Seedy Feedy Bird feeders’ by Ciara Healy & Emily McDonnell from Athlone Community College

 

Intermediate Category Runner Up

‘Waxy Wraps’ by Sarah McCormack, Keelan Robbins & Emily Winters from Moate Community School

 

Senior Category Results

Senior Category Winner

‘Sustainable Stationery’ by Emily Flynn and Emily Shaw from Loreto College, Mullingar

 

Senior Category Runner Up

‘C & E Developments’ by Ellen Geoghan and Colin Burke from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge

 

Most Innovative and Enterprising School Award

Loreto College, Mullingar

 

About the Student Enterprise Programme (studententerprise.ie)

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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