Simplicity the secret for Enterprise champs

The competition was certainly fierce at the Kilkenny Student Enterprise Awards, but in the end, an overall winner emerged.

The competition was certainly fierce at the Kilkenny Student Enterprise Awards, but in the end, an overall winner emerged.

The senior category was won by the ‘Quick Flick Eraser Glove’ - a project by a group from Coláiste Mhuire, Johnstown.

The students’ business idea was an innovative glove that doubles as an eraser. It is designed for teachers or others who use whiteboards, to help them avoid getting ink markings on their hand.

The glove is simple, but ingenious. It is made from velcro and elastic straps- one size fits all - and it is proving a big hit, with plenty of demand from school teachers. Costing just €4 to make, the group have been selling the products at €4.80 a piece.

The Coláiste Mhuire group - comprising Daniel Phelan, Eoin Wilson, Natasha Beehan, Shannon Maher, and Eve O’ Brien - will now go on to represent Kilkenny at the national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park on April 18.

Runners up in the senior category was ‘Car Ticket Holders’ from St Kieran’s College, while third prize went to ‘’ from the CBS, Kilkenny.

Grennan College, with their ‘Grennan Christmas Stocking’, were awarded first prize in the junior category, while Coláiste Eamann Rís won the intermediate category with ‘Powercraft Ltd’. Powercraft is managed and run by twin brothers James and Sean Power, who have put their wood-turning talents to excellent use to produce pens, clocks, ornaments and utensils.

All three category winners at senior, intermediate and junior level will now go forward to represent Kilkenny in the National Final in Croke Park on Wednesday, April 18.

The Student Enterprise Awards programme encourages creativity in young people, and allows secondary school students to experience what it is like to set up and manage their own business. The competition begins in September at the start of the academic year, and hours of work and dedication are involved before groups are selected to represent their school at the county final event.

Fiona Deegan, acting chief executive of the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board, said the event had showcased the high level of entreprenurial talent among Kilkenny’s young people.

“One of the key roles of the Kilkenny CEB is to stimulate an enterprise culture within the county. We try to do this in a number of ways, but in particular working closely with secondary schools through the county delivering the Student Enterprise Awards” she said.

“Participation in the programme encourages students to consider becoming entrepreneurs in the future and they are much better prepared by their experience. The experience of running a business brings many other benefits to students; it enhances creativity, improves communication skills and provides practical uses for business studies topics.”