The team from the Local Enterprise Office Louth were in Croke Park recently to support Louth’s youngest entrepreneurs as they competed in the Student Enterprise National Finals 2019. And they were truly delighted when one of the local competitors scooped a coveted prize.
Students from St Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk, won the Most Effective Use of Social Media. They were presented with their award on stage by the Minister for Trade & Employment Pat Breen T.D., Oisin Geoghegan of the Local Enterprise Offices and Michael Nevin, Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee for the LEOs.
The winning students were: Piper Kelly, Sarah Clarke and Kirsten Doherty, who worked under the guidance of their teacher, James Doyle. Their student enterprise was called: Sister Scrunchies, which designed and sold hair ties/scrunchies.
The St. Vincent’s students fought off stiff competition to win this prize. Over 26,000 students from 480 schools took part in the Student Enterprise Programme 2019. Starting every September, the enterprise education initiative helps students gain the skills and practical knowledge of running a real-life business. From the 26,000 who took part, 222 students aged between 13-18 made it to the National Final in Croke Park.
Congratulating this year’s winners and their schools, Minister Breen said; “These student entrepreneurs are the future of Irish business and job creation across the country. The skills attained by these young students during the Student Enterprise Programme will be invaluable to these young entrepreneurs and provide them with a fantastic foundation for a future in business.”
Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Louth said: “Congratulations to the students of St Vincent’s on winning this prestigious national award in Croke Park this week, which recognises all their hard work.”
Liam Reilly, Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, commended the students on their National final win saying “Louth County Council is very proud to support the Student Enterprise Programme through the Local Enterprise Office and is delighted to have another team from Louth secure national success. We hope the programme has given all the students who participated at both County and National level a positive flavour of enterprise and entrepreneurship.”
The Student Enterprise Awards, now in their 17th year, are managed by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country in partnership with local schools. Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2002, over 200,000 students have learned how to successfully run a business. For more information visit www.studententerprise.ie