South Dublin Students Set to Compete in National Final of Student Enterprise Programme

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney

The National Final of the Student Enterprise Programme is coming to Dublin. Out of over 25,000 entrants, 82 Finalists will compete across three categories on Friday, May 5th in Croke Park.

Each of the 31 Local Enterprise Offices have one representative each in the Senior category with the remaining Finalists spread across the Junior and Intermediate categories.  The Finalists span a whole range of sectors from agriculture and design, to sustainability and healthcare. 

South Dublin is proud to have three fantastic enterprises representing the region at this year’s National Final.  The Senior Finalist, Timeout Interactive Experiences from Rockbrook Park School, offer a real-life immersive game that anyone can sign up to play in a live environment.  The Intermediate Finalist is Daniel’s Cookies from Greenhills Community College, with his baked goods.  Finally, the Junior Finalist is The Simple Things May Not Be So Simple from St. Mark’s Community School, who have created children’s books supporting them in learning life skills.

These three businesses have proved their mettle by winning their respective categories at the South Dublin County Final last month.  Now they are gearing up to compete at national level. 

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to encourage entrepreneurship in secondary schools, the Student Enterprise Programme has seen over 350,000 secondary school students take part in the programme since it first began.

In addition to the three categories that students will be grouped under by class, students also had the option to take part in further ‘optional competitions.’ This year saw the introduction of three additional categories of optional competitions including – the ‘Best Business Website’ sponsored by .IE, the “Green Go Getter Award” sponsored by the EPA, as well as the “SMART Business Idea” award sponsored by Folens. These three new awards categories are in addition to ‘My Entrepreneurial Journey’, ‘Social Stars’ and ‘Intellectual Property’ competitions from previous years.

Last year’s winner of the Student Enterprise Programme was “Barrelda” – an eco-innovation created by two young farmers from Co. Meath. Barrelda specialise in revamping old, blue polythene drums and recycling them to create meal silos and teat feeders. The young entrepreneurs have won high praise from eco organisations and farming organisations nationwide for their sustainability focused project which also addresses the rising costs of farming equipment.  

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