Enterprising students put businesses on display

Secondary students put their business talents on display when the Local Enterprise Office Louth hosted the County Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards on Tuesday March 7 with over 200 students taking park.

The competition is an exciting and rewarding experience for young people, creating a culture where students think more readily of becoming entrepreneurs and setting up their own business in the future.

Speaking at the event Peggy McGlynn, of Louth County Enterprise Board revealed that there was a wide range of ideas involved.

“This year saw 52 mini companies from second level schools in the county making it to county final. Companies ranged from a Dundalk FC themed board game to handcrafted medal display packs and personalised pictures using pebbles and twigs in 3D frames.

“There were animal friendly bowties and bandanas for dogs to bee-friendly seed bombs with flower seeds, a music portfolio website to natural mineral based hand blended highlighters. There were also high quality original button products to a teen health website and a published Life Skills booklet”, she continued.

“Food products included a confectionery company, organically produced seeds and a sole trader manufacturing healthy nutritious homemade snacks. We also had a cooler box fitted with UV lights designed to hold sports bottles and sterilise germs and bacteria located on caps of bottles.

“It was great to see the levels of enterprise and innovation amongst the students. Student Enterprise Awards continues to offer students the opportunity to take a business from the idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management and finally writing a comprehensive report on their activities”, added Peggy.

Prizes were awarded to 10 companies in Senior category including ‘Donopoly’ from St Marys College who will represent Louth at National Finals in Croke Park in May together with Intermediate category winner ‘Cute as a Button’ from Dun Lughaidh.

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