A talented bunch of young people attending Scariff Community College have won this year’s county final of the Student Enterprise Programme which is organised by Clare Local Enterprise Office (LEO). The two day event was held in Ennis on the 8th and 9th of March.

In total more than 100 student companies from around the county presented their business ideas and set up exhibition stands from where they were judged by industry professionals. The student businesses were adjudicated based on the quality of their production, their business plans, the quality of their exhibition stand and an interview.

Clare’s students were given the opportunity to showcase their ideas in four business categories; food, craft, retail and tech and manufacturing. In the end winners were selected from each of the four categories after students had pitched their business ideas to the room.

Overall winners were announced as follows:

Junior Category: iHolder, Scoil Muire, Naoise Lambe, Grainne McMahon, Ellen Cahir, and Shauna Considine. Intermediate Category: Meabhla’s Fairy World, Scoil Muire, Meabh Mullane and Kayla Sheridan.

Senior Category: Technology Sector: Pentables, Scariff Community College, Ella McNamara, June Harhen and Elena Anastasia. Crafts Sector: Memo Me, Colaiste Muire, Niamh Kelly, Aisling Hehir, Hannah Purcell and Rhiannon Orr.

Food Sector: Bakes in the Box, St. Anne’s Community College, Katie Dunne, Katie O’Brien and Leanne Conroy.

Retail Sector: Beauty Hamper, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Aileen Byrne, Rachel Mangan and Shereen Zheng. S

afe SIPS from Colaiste Muire, made up of students Ava Glynn, Leah O’Neill, Bernie Kelly and Maya Stevens, received the award for the best business plan.

Quirky Nana’s Knits and Bits stand from St. Caimin’s Community School Shannon with students Hannah Allock, Cillian Fahy, Niamh Lyons and Erin Reeves were winners of the best stand in the competition.

Colaiste Mhuire teacher Mary McGuane received an award for the outstanding commitment.

The overall competition winner for County Clare was Pentables, from Scariff Community College. They will now represent Clare in the national final to be held on May 3rd in Croke Park, Dublin.