Young entrepreneurs from three local secondary schools are on their way to Croke Park next month, to represent Kilkenny and their Local Enterprise Office at the national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards.
Over 120 students competed at the county final last Wednesday in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. This year, the event coincided with the inaugural Local Enterprise Week.
The judges had a very difficult task and had to take numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances and after much deliberation the winners were announced.
In the senior category, Kilkenny will be represented by Steven Cahill and Cian Dunne from Duiske College, Graignamanagh with their business www.fiveasidefinder.com.
Lorcan Doyle with his business 'Paracrafts' from Coláiste Pobail Osraí will be representing the county in the intermediate category, while in the junior category, the winning students were Aaron Denny, Conor Denny and Liam Cleere from All Time Treats at Coláiste Eamann Rís, Callan.
Under the Student Enterprise Awards which starts every September, budding secondary school entrepreneurs’ set-up and run their own enterprises, learning about the world of business with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny. Over 650 students from 13 secondary schools took part in the annual programme locally.
Head of Enterprise at the Kilkenny's Local Enterprise Office, Sean McKeown, has praised local schools for helping to foster student enterprise in the classroom.
“Principals, teachers, and importantly, the student entrepreneurs themselves deserve huge credit for their dedication and hard work,” he said.
“Over the years, the Student Enterprise Co-Ordinators from Local Enterprise Offices have formed a very effective partnership with local schools, to help nurture our next generation of entrepreneurs and job creators.”
The National Finalists will be competing with up to 300 other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland on April 20th in Croke Park. Further information around the Student Enterprise Awards, which is run by the Local Enterprise Offices, is available from www.studententerprise.ie and by searching #studententerprise on social media.