Five budding young entrepreneurs from St Caimin’s Community School in Shannon are among eleven teens chosen to represent County Clare at the national finals of the Student Enterprise Programme in Croke Park on the 2nd May.
The five, Sarah Barry, Ali Meehan, Fiachra McInerney, Karolina Mostowa and Cliona Donnellan, were overall winners of this year’s competition run by Local Enterprise Office Clare with their business “The Well Being Fairy”.
In County Clare, more than 900 students participated in the LEO Clare Student Enterprise Programme.
The county final of the popular event was held over two days, March 7th and March 8th, with almost 160 teams consisting of over 500 students taking part with projects across a wide spectrum of business activities including the retail, craft, technology, manufacturing and food.
While the St Caimin’s students won the senior section, the junior category was won by Kate Houlihan and Emily Hanrahan from “EK Bookmarks” at Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon.
In the intermediate category, Emma Ryan, Hannah Minogue, Ciara Healy and Ashling O’Brien from “Fancy A Cuppa” at Scariff Community College will represent Clare in Croke Park.
Winners in each category received beautiful trophies designed specially by Conor Murray of Kilkee Forge.
Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every local authority area, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country.
Acknowledging the entrepreneurial spirit of the students involved, Padraig McElwee, head of LEO Clare was quick to praise this year’s entrants: “This year we had the biggest number of participants the competition has had before and we are proud of it.
“Keep looking at your businesses and keep working! We are looking forward to seeing you starting your own businesses in nearest future!”
Mr McElwee congratulated all the winners and encouraged all the young entrepreneurs who took part to feel proud of what has been achieved this year.
Winners of the Clare event will compete with hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland at the 16th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on May 2nd.
The Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003 and has involved more than 150,000 students since its inception.