The Institute of Technology, Sligo has selected the team to go forward to the national finals of the 2008/2009 Newstalk 106-108 fm student enterprise competition.
One of the team members, Suzanne Syron, is from Crossmolina. At the nail-biting final four teams battled it out over three hours to come up with sound business strategies using a case study format. The competition encourages participants to devise solutions to real life business scenarios.
Each team then presented their findings to an expert panel of local judges. The winning team members were Emma Lothian, Ciara Walsh, Gillian Murray and Suzanne Syron. They are fourth-year students on the Ab-Initio Bachelor of Business Studies. Their team mentor is Clodagh Caslin.
As winners of the 2007/2008 Newstalk 106-108 fm student enterprise competition, IT Sligo is hosting the national 2008/2009 final. Now in its third year, the competition is designed to foster a spirit of enterprise among third-level students and develop their understanding of business management, with a view to cultivating early-stage entrepreneurship. Over 1,000 students from 255 teams across 16 colleges entered the competition, which is open exclusively to students from the 15 Institutes of Technology and the National College of Ireland.
The overall prize for the winning team and their team mentor is a study trip to the Caribbean where they will shadow senior executives in the Digicel Group.
Striving to build on last year’s national success, the IT Sligo team are hoping to make it two in a row.