Students from Meath have taken three prizes at the National Final of this year’s Student Enterprise Programme. The Finals of the Local Enterprise Office initiative were broadcast virtually on Friday, 14th May from Croke Park with An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Ambassador Derval O’Rourke speaking with host RTE’s Rick O’Shea, as students and teachers watched on from across the country.
Supported by Local Enterprise Office Meath, Andrew Harford, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan (teacher Patrick Molony) won third place in the “My Entrepreneurial Journey” Intermediate Category. Participating students were required them to map out the life of a successful entrepreneur and how that could be achieved.
In the Senior Category, Rachel Conway and Mia Frawley, two students from Ratoath College, (teacher Gary Flanagan) were awarded the prize for “Most Creative Use of Social Media” for their business “Wired Jewellery”. The students’ Tiktok video had over 700,000 thousand views.
Also, in the Senior Category, “Easy Ex” a business which produces a visual aid for home-workers to help build exercise into their day won the “Best Adaptability in the Covid 19 Era” by students Oisin Craig, Joshua Keating, Sean Mc Dermott and Carl Mc Govern from St. Ciaran’s CS in Kells (teacher Peter Carry).
Easy Ex produces a range of stickers which a home-worker places around the house to remind him/her to build exercise into their day. Each sticker features a different exercise and has a QR code which, when scanned, brings the user to a YouTube demonstration of how to do the exercise. A pack of seven stickers costs €4.99 plus postage and can be purchase on www.easyexstickers.com.
There were 72 student enterprises competing in this year’s National Final in what is Ireland’s largest entrepreneurship programme for second level students. The initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw 29,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools across the country take part.
Praising the winning students and all those representing Meath at the National Finals, Joe English, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Meath said: “This is a proud day for student enterprise in Meath. We would like to congratulate the students, their families and their teachers at St. Patrick’s Classical
School, Navan, Ratoath College and St. Ciaran’s CS, Kells on winning these national awards in Croke Park. We would also like to pay tribute to all the other finalists and participants from Meath who are impressive ambassadors for student enterprise in the county.”