Innovative students reach national final

Speil mit Worten, a company formed by a team from Clonmel High School and mentored by Tom O’Riordan from Abbott Vascular, Clonmel were chosen to go forward to Junior Achievement’s National Student Innovation Awards, following their impressive win at the Munster Regional Finals, kindly hosted by CIT in Bishopstown.

Speil mit Worten, a company formed by a team from Clonmel High School and mentored by Tom O’Riordan from Abbott Vascular, Clonmel were chosen to go forward to Junior Achievement’s National Student Innovation Awards, following their impressive win at the Munster Regional Finals, kindly hosted by CIT in Bishopstown.

Speil mit Worten created a high-quality German vocabulary book for Junior Cert students. They were joined at the National Final by Stranger Wise, Danger Wise, a team from Salesians School in Limerick, who produced an innovative handbook for children and parents aimed at giving advice to help keep children safe.

Competing against five other teams the standard of this year’s Regional Finalists was extremely high.

“We were all thrilled to see such a wealth of entrepreneurial talent represented at these finals”, said Eimear Sugrue of Chartered Accountants of Ireland, speaking on behalf of the panel of adjudicators – Paschal McCarthy, MD, GE Healthcare and Carole O’Leary, Industrial Relations Manager in the Development Department at CIT.

The Munster Regional Final was kindly supported by CIT, who provided the use of their impressive auditorium as well as all other facilities for the big event. Mervyn O’Mahoney, Schools Liaison Officer at CIT also commented on the extremely high calibre of all the entries. “It is great to see such innovative and exciting ideas on show here today. This is a great forum for the entrepreneurs of the future to showcase their ideas and we are proud to support it.”

Paschal McCarthy, MD of GE Healthcare, said he was so impressed by the hard work, energy and commitment of the Munster students that he pledged ongoing support from GE should either of the Munster finalists progress to the European finals, an announcement that was met with great excitement from the students.

All participating students completed a 10-week company programme, run with the help of Junior Achievement volunteers. More than 2,000 students nationwide took part in the company programme this year, during which students create, operate and manage their own companies, developing important academic and leadership skills. Each programme is led by a business volunteer from a local supporting company who guides the young entrepreneurs through their expertise and advice.

The students from Clonmel and Salesians in Limerick will join regional finalists from around the country at the Student Innovation Awards in Citibank on May 18th and 19th. The winners will go to Oslo in July for the European Finals.