Wicklow students set for National Entrepreneurship Final



Local Enterprise Office Wicklow have announced that winning teenage entrepreneurs from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann and East Glendalough School who will represent Wicklow at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Final on Friday 14th May 2021.  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 Wicklow Final on 23rd of March which was broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. An estimated 962 students from 16 schools took part in the annual programme locally.

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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 Wicklow at the National Final are: Oisin Reynolds, Cian O'Brien, Rosie Davies from ”Sugar Shack” at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.

In the Senior Category of the competition, Wicklow will be represented on May 14th by Nadia Finnan, Heidi Zeig, Hillary Hollingsworth from “Simple Signs” at East Glendalough School.

Special guests at the Wicklow Final included Cllr Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council and Kevin Ward of Reward Catering. There were also special messages of support from Olympic Athlete and European Champion Fionnuala McCormack and none other than musician Hozier who both were very generous with their time. 

Speaking at the county final, Vibeke Delahunt Head of Enterprise of Local Enterprise Office Wicklow congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Wicklow,with over 960students from 16 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 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.   

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