From the 22,000 secondary school students from 620 schools that took part this year, teens from 76 student enterprises have won a place at this year’s National Final in Croke Park on Wednesday April 20th and students from every county across Ireland will be demonstrating their businesses and inventions for the judging panels on the day.
There are three student enterprises representing all schools in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown region at the National Final on April 20th. Firstly the Junior Category finalists include; Therese Reilly, Cliona Moore and Sophie Anderson of ‘Plug IT!’ who are students in St. Raphaela’s Secondary School. Secondly the Intermediate Category finalists include; Abdullah Ahmed of ‘Joker Clothing’ who is a student in Ballinteer Community School. Lastly the Senior Category finalists include; Jack Manning, Johnnie Bell and Eamonn Flannery of ‘JC Learn’ who are students in Clonkeen College.
The Student Enterprise Awards Programme is in its 14th year and brings the world of business into the classroom, helping students develop enterprise and management skills. With the support of their schools and the Local Enterprise Offices in the Local Authorities Network, students research, set-up and run their own real-life businesses.
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Barry Saul, said,
Our local schools are very committed to supporting youth entrepreneurship. Principals, teachers, boards of management and most importantly, the student entrepreneurs themselves, deserve huge credit for their dedication and hard work. Over the years, our Student Enterprise Co-Ordinators have formed a very effective partnership with local schools, to help nurture our next generation of entrepreneurs and job creators.
Congratulating the local students and their schools on winning a place at the National Final, Eibhlin Curley, the Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown said:
We run a very successful and popular Student Enterprise Programme here locally, thanks to the support of many schools and teachers in the area. The Student Enterprise Awards give local teenagers a taste of what it’s like to run their own business and to be their own boss. Along the way, the programme helps them develop important entrepreneurship skills, learning about sales, innovation, managing finances and finding new markets. Learning the fundamentals of running a business now will help them throughout their studies and career.
The next Student Enterprise Awards programme starts in September, with further details on www.studententerprise.ie
The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is now the ‘first-stop-shop’ State support service for micro and small businesses in the area. The LEO provides advice and direction, covering all government supports and requirements, to anyone who wishes to start or expand a business. The LEO can also provide funding for projects that meet certain criteria, generally with regard to export potential, and other non-financial supports such as training and mentoring. Details on the supports available through the Local Enterprise Office is available through www.localenterprise.ie