An estimated 80 students from 16 schools competed in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County final held at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire on 15th March. With thirty three businesses represented on the day positions were hotly contested.
The winner in the Junior Category, was Loreto Abbey, Dalkey student Amy Harmon with her Amy’s Aprons personalised products business.
In the Intermediate Category, Emma Ruttle from Wesley College secured the top place with her business Shoreline Art and finally the Senior Category win was taken by students Clodagh Lynch, and Khaliuna Munkhtuya from St. Joseph’s of Cluny, Secondary School, Killiney with their business Shrinkies, an innovative product to protect phone chargers.
Presenting the prizes at the event An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Tom Murphy complimented all the students on ‘their amazing innovation and business ideas’ and wished them all well especially the finalists as they go on to represent us in the National Finals.
Last Year Dún Laoghaire Rathdown’s senior winners Carl Cullen, Cormac Spain, and Ross Byrne from Clonkeen College with their sports protection wear business, ROC Protection went on to become the National Winners. At this year’s event they spoke of how important the competition has been for their business, and how it has helped them go from strength to strength.
The local students will be competing with hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the 16th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on May 2nd. The Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003 and with over 150,000 students getting involved since its inception.
Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available here and by searching #studententerprise on social media.