THREE student enterprises from Offaly will be representing the county at the tenth Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Dublin’s Croke Park tomorrow (Wednesday, April 18).
Representing Offaly are: ‘Even Tan Tone’ from St Brendan’s Community School, Birr in the Junior Category, ‘Shelvz’, also from St Brendan’s Community School, Birr in the Intermediate Category with ‘C-Lane Ltd’ from Tullamore College in Tullamore representing the county in the Senior Category.
Over 300 finalists from all over the country will descend upon GAA Headquarters to set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. Adjudicators mark the budding entrepreneurs on key business areas such as innovation, market research, sales, production, marketing, finances and planning.
Geraldine Beirne, Business Advisor from the Offaly County Enterprise Board has praised the local student entrepreneurs, saying: “Our local budding entrepreneurs from Offaly have all successfully researched, set up and managed a business over the last year, learning important business and enterprise skills along the way. Their families, communities, schools and teachers can be very proud of what they have achieved as they take on the role of student enterprise ambassadors for the county at this year’s National Final in Croke Park.”
The Student Enterprise Awards programme is run across three categories by the network of County and City Enterprise Boards. Junior Category is for first year students; Intermediate Category is for second years and Junior Certificate students and the Senior Category is for transition year, fifth year, Leaving Cert, LCVP and LCA students.
The interactive website for the programme, www.studententerprise.ie, has resources and video tutorials for teachers, students and parents.