Study trip to the Caribbean to be won by enterprising students

A study trip to the Caribbean is up for grabs by Institute of Technology and National College of Ireland students from this week.

To bag the prize the enterprising students will have to win the fifth annual Newstalk 106-108 fm Student Enterprise Competition designed to develop an understanding of business management and promote early-stage entrepreneurship among third level students. Using a case study format, the competition, just launched this week, encourages participants to research companies and, as part of a team, devise solutions to real-life business scenarios.

The overall prize for the winning team and its team coach is a study trip to the Caribbean where they will shadow senior executives in leading telecommunications company, Digicel Group.

The competition is exclusively open to students based in Ireland’s 15 institutes of technology and National College of Ireland. A record 1,400 students, representing 350 teams, entered the Newstalk 106-108 fm Student Enterprise Competition last year.

“With Ireland experiencing an extensive period of economic difficulty, today’s third level students will play a pivotal role in Ireland’s return to growth,” said competition chairperson Denis O’Brien. “Many will go on to establish businesses that will provide vital employment and support local commerce. It is essential that we equip these students with as much business knowledge as possible to achieve their full potential.”

Each of the 16 judging committees will consist of top local business and media representatives. The winning team from each college will receive prize money along with accommodation and hospitality in Tipperary for the National semi-final and final in February 2011.

For further information and to enter the 2010/2011 Newstalk 106-108 fm Student Enterprise Competition, log on to studententerprise.newstalk.ie/

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