The entrepreneurial talent of our young entrepreneurs was apparent in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, March 1 last when over 100 students from six out of the seven Secondary Schools around County Leitrim displayed their Entrepreneurial Flair at the Leitrim County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards 2012.
The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon was buzzing with activity as the enterprising students from secondary schools across the County were given the opportunity to showcase, discuss and present on the mini companies they’d been operating over the past six months. Some of the businesses included phone covers, hoodies, personalised runners and clocks.
The Student Enterprise Awards Programme is operated by the City and County Enterprise Boards nationally and involves in excess of 10,000 students from second level schools around the country.
The scheme encourages students to consider setting up their own business in the future through offering them an insight into the development of a business from inception through market research, production, sales, management and record keeping.
The judges commented that the standard of all 32 entries was very high and nominated the following county winners to represent Leitrim at the national finals in Croke Park in April 2012.
Senior Level Winner:
“A Bitta Cover-age”
This inspiring duo of young entrepreneurs developed a service providing students in their school with phone and iPod covers which they sourced using eBay. Essentially they took the hassle out of sourcing and buying online by managing the process for their fellow students.
The team were thorough in their market research and also developed a facebook page which enables them to promote their service and alert customers to the status of their order.
Intermediate Level Winner: “Sassy Shoes”
These enterprising second year students designed and personalised young trendy trainers. Their aim was to transform plain runners into shoes that are colourful, funky and affordable.
Junior Level Winner:
This team of entrepreneurial first year students designed and manufactured clocks. With strong sales they have produced clock faces of football clubs, family crests, county crests, pop artists and much more.
Other categories on the day included Display Stands, Interview, Contribution to the Community and Innovation and many other participating groups won awards in these categories:
1. Runner Up Senior Level – “Hair Dimensions” – Carrigallen Vocational School.
2 .Senior Level Best Business Report – “The Bag” Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin.
3. Senior Level Best Display – “Bubble & Squeak” – Carrick-on-Shannon Community School.
4. Senior Level Innovation – “DAPPER” – Carrick-on-Shannon Community School.
5. Senior Level Best Interview - “HOODIE ZONE” – St. Felim’s Secondary School, Ballinamore.
6. Senior Level Contribution to the Community “Shortlegs Hoodies” Mohill Community College.
Joe Lowe, CEO, Leitrim County Enterprise Board thanked the students who participated and congratulated them on the hard work involved over the past number of months.
He also thanked the teachers Ms. Veronica Edwards and Ms. Mary Greene (Carrigallen Vocational School), Ms. Attracta Beirne (Carrick on Shannon Community School) Ms. Denise Fitzpatrick (Mohill Community College) Ms. Sinead Dore (Lough Allen College) Ms. Ann Coyle, (St. Felim’s Ballinamore) Mr. Kevin McManus (Drumshanbo Vocational School) for their dedication and commitment as without them it would be very difficult to run the awards.
Leitrim County Enterprise Board congratulates all the entrants and would like to take this opportunity to wish the County Winners the very best of luck in the National Final in Croke Park on April 18.