Tipperary teen entrepreneurs on countdown to Student Enterprise national final in Dublin

23,600 students from 480 Irish secondary schools take part in Student Enterprise Programme through the Local Enterprise Offices every year, bringing the world of business into the classroom.

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Enterprising Tipperary teenagers are counting down to the Student Enterprise Programme national final on Wednesday, May 2, at Croke Park in Dublin. 

Starting every September, students across three age categories (junior, intermediate and senior) research, set up, and run their own businesses with the help of their teachers and supports from Local Enterprise Office Tipperary.  Nationwide, 230 students from 77 different student enterprises have now reached this year’s national final, having qualified through school and county finals earlier in the year.

Student entrepreneurs from Clonmel, Cahir and Nenagh will be representing Tipperary on May 2nd, including JOD Enterprises from CBS High School, Clonmel, in the junior category; Ushield from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, in the intermediate category; and DCBD Helmet Visor from St Joseph’s CBS, Nenagh, in the senior category.

Working under the guidance of Martina O’Reilly from CBS High School, Clonmel, the junior category finalists are David Kennedy, Oisin Dillon-O’Rourke and Jack Egan. The students have developed educational jigsaws and a fun filled memory board game for all the family.

In the intermediate category, the students competing in Croke Park under the guidance of Martina Harrahill from Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, are Morgan Lambert, Sean Cunningham, Cian O’Brien and Callum McGrath. These students have designed a safe and hygienic way to store and save gumshields from getting lost.

Tipperary County Council’s Sinead Carr (Director of Services) and Cllr Roger Kennedy with Cólaiste Dún Iascaigh students Morgan Lambert, Sean Cunningham, Cian O’Brien and Callum McGrath.

And finally, Dylan Murphy, Billy Howard, Darragh Spillane and Cathal Spillane are competing in the senior category under the guidance of Laura Young from St Joseph’s CBS, Nenagh. These students are solving the problem of sun glare distracting hurlers on the field of play with their innovative helmet visor.

Run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in every local authority area, the Student Enterprise Programme is the biggest enterprise education initiative of its kind in the country, with 23,600 students taking part every year from 480 second-level schools.  Funding for the programme is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and since it started in 2003 over 150,000 students have now taken part.

Rita Guinan with Local Enterprise Office Tipperary said: “The national final in Croke Park is the biggest celebration of secondary school entrepreneurs in the country every year and we want to wish the students from Tipperary the very best of luck on the day.  Thanks to the support of teachers from over 480 schools, including 22 local schools here in County Tipperary, the Student Enterprise Programme links in with the school curriculum around enterprise in the classroom and really helps students gain skills and practical knowledge of running a real-life business. The programme also encourages more students to consider entrepreneurship as a future career choice, with Local Enterprise Office Tipperary on hand to help.”

The special guest at this year’s national final is the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D.

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