Student Enterprise Awards 2021 – Special guests at the Limerick Final included Cllr Michael Collins, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Mike Cantwell Head of Enterprise in LEO Limerick, Garry Lowe of Whizzkids Training and celebrity chef Eoin Sheehan of Country Munch and TV demo fame.
Limerick County Final Student Enterprise Awards 2021
Local Enterprise Office Limerick has announced that winning teenage entrepreneurs from Newcastlewest and Castletroy will represent Limerick at this year’s Student Enterprise Awards 2021 on Friday, May 14. 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 Limerick Final on March 16. An estimated 750 students from 19 school took part in the annual programme locally.
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 Student Enterprise Awards 2021 National Final.
In the Junior Category, the students representing Limerick at the Student Enterprise Awards 2021 National Final are Alex Massey and Emma O’Connell with their entry entitled “Personalised Portraits” from Desmond College, Newcastlewest.
👏👏Congratulations to @desmondcollege today. Congrats to @ZeroFog1 @LyFridge & Personalised Portraits from @desmondcollege who won in the senior, intermediate and junior categories in the Limerick Student Enterprise Programme today!@leo_limerick @StudentEntProg @LCETBSchools pic.twitter.com/WHoE7xR0xx
— Desmond College (@desmondcollege) March 16, 2021
In the Intermediate Category, Rebecca Campbell and Ebony Reihana with their entry entitled “Fridge.LY”, also from Desmond College will be representing the County at the Final.
In the Senior Category of the competition, Limerick will be represented on May 14, by Emma O’Shea and Rebecca Enright with their entry entitled “Zero Fog” from Desmond College.
In the “Most Creative Business Idea” section open to senior students, Jack Fitzgerald from Castletroy College came out on top. His idea “Garden Buddy” goes forward to the National Final.
Special guests at the Limerick Final included Cllr Michael Collins, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Mike Cantwell Head of Enterprise in LEO Limerick and Garry Lowe of Whizzkids Training. There were also interviews with local entrepreneurs Aoife McNamara of AoifeIreland.com fame, and celebrity chef Eoin Sheehan of Country Munch and TV demo fame.
Limerick has had previous success in the competition with all four teams representing Limerick at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals picking up awards. Jack Fitzgerald of Castletroy College, took second place in the “My Entrepreneurial Journey” Competition, Olivia Rugala of “EZ Tie Close” of Desmond College Newcastlewest, received the Special Merit Award in the Junior category, Alex Healy of “Comestibles” from Cholaiste Chiarain Croom, picked up Most Commercially Viable Business in the Intermediate Category and Ross O’Shea and Thomas Lillis of “Agrimech” from Villiers School scooped Best Commercial Potential in the Senior Category.
.@leo_limerick have announced that winning teenager entrepreneurs from Newcastle West and Castletroy will represent #Limerick at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Final on 14th May #StudentEnterprise
— Limerick Council (@LimerickCouncil) March 19, 2021
Speaking at the county final, Mike Cantwell Head of Enterprise, of Local Enterprise Office Limerick congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Limerick with over 750 students from 19 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, May 14, 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 May 14.
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 on their website which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.
Names of participating schools in the Student Enterprise Programme
CBS Sexton St.
Coláiste íde & Iosaf
Laurel Hill Colaiste
Scoil An Tri Naofa,
Scoil Mhuire Agus Ide
Thomond Community Coll
Names of winning enterprises
LIMERICK SEP 20-21 Winners
|Zero Fog||Desmond College|
|Senior 2nd||Student Digital Marketing Solutions||Castletroy College|
|Batter and Crumbs||Hazelwood College|
|Fridge LY||Desmond College|
|Song Art Company||Coláiste Ciarán, Croom|
|Personalised Portaits||Desmond College|
|Creative Business Competition||Garden Buddy||Castletroy College|
|Most Innovative Product||
The Colapsa Cup
|Scoil Mhuire & Ide, Newcastlewest|
|Laurel Hill Coláiste|
|Best Commercial Potential||
|Coláiste Ciarán, Croom|
Jewelry For Me
Sweets n Treats
Scoil Trionaide Naofa, Doon
About the Student Enterprise Programme
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 May 14.
Website: www.studententerprise.ie/ #studententerprise / Twitter: @StudentEntProg / Facebook: /studententerpriseprogramme / Instagram: /studententerpriseprogramme
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