Westmeath Local Enterprise Office picks its representatives for the National Finals for the Student Enterprise Awards and recognises the wealth of local young entrepreneurs in the county.
On March 11th 2016, we held the county final and if you were in the Golden Isle Shopping Centre that day you would have known where the students were! There was great noise, energy and positivity amongst the students attending as well as some brilliant business ideas, energetic entrepreneurs and stunning stands!
There were over 25 businesses represented from schools in the county and they covered all different types and styles of businesses. We had manufacturing, technology, social projects and farming to name but a few.
The event was jointly hosted by MC Noel O Farrell & Martina of O Farrell communications and students competed in three different categories, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
The schools that reached the Student Enterprise County Final were:-
- Athlone Community College
- Moate Community College
- Loreto College Mullingar
- Our Lady’s Bower Athlone
- Scoil Mhuire CBS
- Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan
Secondary school students throughout County Westmeath have being participating in The Student Enterprise awards programme since September. Students brainstormed to create feasible business ideas, and then endeavoured to turn their ideas into a profitable business. They were supported in this work by a business coach (Rob Marr from Catalyst).
A vital part of the Enterprise Boards work is instilling a culture of business and enterprise in the county. All students showed that with the right business idea, and with effort you can turn your business idea into an income.
Tracey Tallon, Business Advisor with Westmeath Local Enterprise Office said “The standards achieved this year are really unbelievable. The future of our county and country is bright if we can get behind these bright young people and help them achieve their potential”. Tracey also wanted to pay tribute to the teachers from the finalists’ schools, who work with the students continuously in guiding them with their business planning and re-enforcing both the theory and practice of running your own business.
Rob Marr, Co-ordinator on behalf of the Westmeath Local Enterprise Office was very impressed with the standard and quality of the business ideas and really wanted to encourage the students to think seriously about starting and running a business as a serious option for their careers.
All students who reached the County Final were presented with a Student Enterprise Certificate, Westmeath LEO goodie pack containing a Westmeath LEO training top, power bank, back pack bag, and lunch vouchers.
Overall category winners received cash prizes and were presented beautifully designed Bog Buddie Presentation pieces from Anthony & Vincent McKay’s Bog Buddies Studios in Bastion Gallery Athlone.
The final was held on the 11th March in the Golden Isle Shopping Centre in Athlone and the day was a great success. The judges were:
Conor Cochrane : Daniel Cochrane : Marie Manning : Catherine Kane
1st Caonach Cliste, Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone
2nd Simple Symbols, Loreto College, Mullingar
1st Eye Spy, Scoil Mhuire CBS, Mullingar
2nd Make a Difference, St Joseph’s College, Summerhill
1st Easy Light, Moate Community College
2nd Custom Covers, Scoil Mhuire CBS
Most Enterprising School
St Josephs, Rochfortbridge
Best Visual Display - Senior
Mini Company Ireland, St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge
Best Visual Display – Junior/Intermediate
Plack Attack – Moate Community College
Most Innovative Project
N & E Technologies, St Josephs, Rochfortbridge
Footzi – Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan
Special Merit Award from judges
Icolour – St. Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge
Best Social Enterprise
Make a Difference, St. Joseph’s College, Summerhill