Westmeath Schools Enterprise County Awards 2018


11 budding teenage entrepreneurs have been selected to represent Westmeath at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park. The young entrepreneurs will represent their Local Enterprise Office and their county at the Student Enterprise Programme showpiece on the 2nd May.

Every September, entrepreneurial secondary school students across the country begin their business journey as they are encouraged to brainstorm, create and run their own businesses. In September 2017 over 23,000 students from 480 schools nationwide begun their entrepreneurial journey with the help of their teachers and their Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

The students were all competing at the County Final on Friday, March 9th which was held at the Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone. An estimated 87 students from 8 schools took part in the annual programme locally.

In the Junior Category, the student representing Westmeath at the National Finals is:

Emma Dickson from “Little Pip” at Moate Community School.

Little Pip 1 

In the Intermediate Category, Colin McGee, Aisling Keogh, Matthew Brennan, Sarah Coleman and Tegan Tuite, from Easy Bakes, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge will be representing the county in Croke Park.

Easy Bakes 

In the Senior Category of the competition, Westmeath will be represented on 2nd May by Jack O’Donovan, Saoirse Ripley, Sinead Kelly, Niamh Kelly and Jamie Ravenhill from “Aon Sceal" at Moate Community School.

Special guests at the Westmeath Final included Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council and Tracey Tallon, Senior Enterprise Development Officer from Westmeath Local Enterprise Office.

 Aon Sceal

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every Local Authority area, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country.

group shot SEA 2018

The success of the Student Enterprise Programme is down to the entrepreneurial spirit of the students involved and the Business Advisor of Local Enterprise Office Westmeath, Catherine Darby was quick to praise this year’s entrants. “Every year we are blown away by the ideas and the business savvy that these students have acquired at such a young age. They really are a credit to their teachers and school staff who have helped to nurture this talent. The Student Enterprise Programme is growing appeal every year and we hope to see many of these excellent young students coming through the door of their local LEO in the years to come. We wish todays winners all the very best as they go on to represent their county at the National Finals in Croke Park in May.”


The local students will be competing with hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the 16th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on May 2nd. The Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003 and with over 150,000 students getting involved since its inception.

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

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.



For further information contact the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath, Aras and Chontae, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 044 9338945

Notes to the Editor

About the Student Enterprise Programme (studententerprise.ie)

The Student Enterprise Programme is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices and involves over 23,000 students from 480 secondary schools. It runs from September to May and the 2017/2018 National Final takes place on 2nd May, 2018 in Dublin’s Croke Park.                                                                              

#studententerprise / @StudentEntProg