Countdown to Croke Park begins for Louth’s most enterprising students

The Local Enterprise Office Louth has confirmed that winning teenage entrepreneurs from Dundalk and Drogheda, will represent county at National Final of Student Enterprise Programme
Eleven teenage entrepreneurs from three local schools have won a place representing Louth at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park on Friday, May 3.
Every September through Local Enterprise Office Louth, entrepreneurial secondary school students begin their business journey as they are encouraged to research, set-up and run their own real-world businesses.
The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities, is the most successful student enterprise programme of kind in the country. An estimated 26,000 students from 490 schools around the country begin their entrepreneurial journey every year with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and Local Enterprise Office.
The students were all competing at the Louth Final on March 5, which was held at the Carrickdale Hotel. An estimated 1100 students from 17 schools took part in the annual programme locally.
In the Senior Category of the competition, Louth will be represented on May 3 by Alanna Tinnelly, Amy Ward, Ciara Sharkey, Fausta Razmaite and Sarah White from The Bin Bungee at Coláiste Rís, Dundalk.
Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, of Local Enterprise Office Louth congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Louth, with over 1100 students from 17 local schools taking part this year. Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck in Croke Park on May 3.”
He continued: “What our students are learning from the programme is that with the right supports and encouragement, they can take an idea from the classroom and develop it into a real-life business. The skills they learn along the way, such as business planning, market research, selling and team-work, will help them become more entrepreneurial throughout their future careers”.

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