National awards for Galway students at enterprise finals

Winner of the ‘Most Creative Business Idea Category’ in the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on May 14 2021, representing the Local Enterprise Office Galway, Louis Thomas from Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway with The Pocket Mask Cleaner. Photo Martina Regan.

Winner of the ‘Most Creative Business Idea Category’ in the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on May 14 2021, representing the Local Enterprise Office Galway, Louis Thomas from Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway with The Pocket Mask Cleaner. Photo Martina Regan.

Students from Salerno Secondary School Galway and Colaiste Bhaile Chlair have won awards in the National Final of this year’s Student Enterprise Programme.

In the Senior category, there was a Covid-19 themed “Creative Business Idea” competition, which was open to all senior students taking part in the wider programme. In this competition, students could push their most innovative business ideas via a video pitch, without having to produce a product or service.

The winners of this category was Louis Thomas from Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Galway with his idea, The Pocket Mask Cleaner.

A team from Salerno Secondary School took first prize in the Junior Category. Supported by Local Enterprise Office Galway, the winning students from Salerno Secondary School in Salthill were Anna Sweeney, Clodagh O’Donnell, Sarah O’Grady, Stephanie Walsh, Alyssa Salvo and Katheryn O’Grady who worked under the guidance of their teacher, Ms Lisa Young.

Their student enterprise was called ‘GoGreen Now’ which sells Tree Kits, packaged in sustainable materials, to encourage people to plant more trees. The Finals of the Local Enterprise Office initiative were broadcast virtually on Friday from Croke Park with An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Ambassador Derval O’Rourke speaking with host RTE’s Rick O’Shea, as students and teachers watched on from across the country.

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, more than 250,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business. Full details of all this year’s 72 national finalists are available on the Student Enterprise Programme website at www.StudentEnterprise.ie

 

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