Tipp entrepreneurs on road to Croker

Student enterprises from North Tipperary will be representing the county at the 10th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Dublin’s Croke Park on Wednesday, April 17th.

Student enterprises from North Tipperary will be representing the county at the 10th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Dublin’s Croke Park on Wednesday, April 17th.

Co-ordinated locally by the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, the competition is the largest programme of its kind in the country. 2013 marks the eleventh anniversary of the first Student Enterprise Awards National Final and since last September, 15,000 budding entrepreneurs from 300 secondary schools across the country have been researching, setting up and running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and local Enterprise Boards.

The student enterprises representing North Tipperary on April 17th are as follows:- in the Senior Category ‘EZA Science’ from the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; the Intermediate Category ‘Handmade Dream Workers’ from Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles and the Junior Category ‘Winter Wonderland Logs’ from Newport College.

On the morning of April 17th, over 300 finalists from all over the country, including the Tipperary North finalists, will descend upon GAA Headquarters to set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. Adjudicators mark the budding entrepreneurs on key business areas such as innovation, market research, sales, production, marketing, finances and planning.

Rita Guinan CEO from the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board has praised the local student entrepreneurs, saying: “Our local budding entrepreneurs from North Tipperary have all successfully researched, set up and managed a business over the last year, learning important business and enterprise skills along the way. Their families, communities, schools and teachers can be very proud of what they have achieved as they take on the role of student enterprise ambassadors for the county at this year’s National Final in Croke Park.”

The awards ceremony for the Student Enterprise Awards is also held on April 17th and for the first time in the competition’s history, the top fifteen students at senior level will be invited to attend a five-day Business Bootcamp this Summer. Organised by the Enterprise Boards with support from Ulster Bank, the bootcamp will be hosted at the state of the art Nexus Innovation Centre at University of Limerick.

The Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee with the County and City Enterprise Boards, Loman O’ Byrne, said: “An enterprising culture in second level today will lead to a more enterprising culture in Irish workplaces and boardrooms in the future, where innovation and business skills are to the fore. The thousands of students who graduate through the Student Enterprise Awards every year, gain very valuable enterprise and business leadership skills through the programme.”

The Student Enterprise Awards programme is run across three categories by the network of County and City Enterprise Boards. Junior Category is for first year students; Intermediate Category is for second years and Junior Certificate students and the Senior Category is for transition year, fifth year, Leaving Cert, LCVP and LCA students. The interactive website for the programme, www.studententerprise.ie, has resources and video tutorials for teachers, students and parents.