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Young Student Entrepreneurs set for National Enterprise Finals

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Teacher Laura Campbell with Cathal Malone, Nathan Mills, Peter Hanlon and Lorcan Rice members of the mini company ‘Heated Clothing Company’ Bush Post Primary School winners of the Senior category in the LEO Louth Junior Enterprise Awards. Photo Credit: Ken Finegan/Newspics.

Teenage entrepreneurs from Dundalk Grammar School, Drogheda Grammar School and Bush Post Primary School will represent Louth at this year’s Student Enterprise National Finals in Croke Park later this year – after the very best of student enterprise was celebrated on Tuesday as part of Local Enterprise Week.

As estimated 800 pupils from 18 schools in total took part at the annual event in 2020.

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Award winners were presented with their awards by Leas Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr Eileen Tully. Chief Executive of Louth County Council Joan Martin was also in attendance and viewed the various businesses set up by the participating students, as did Drogheda native Orla Stafford of Izmoo ice cream, a regional winner in the Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur competition – who first set up her company in Transition Year.

Peter Hanlon, Nathan Mills, Cathal Malone and Lorcan Rice from Heated Clothing Company of Bush Post Primary will represent the county in the Senior category in the finals in Dublin on May 1st.

In the Intermediate category, Grace O’Kane and Alex Hayes of I’m Buzzing from Drogheda Grammar School won the Louth award, meaning they do will compete in the national finals later this year. Meanwhile, the Junior Category winners were Sasha Lenox, Hazel Martins and Shayla Hollywood from Super Sewers at Dundalk Grammar School.

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“We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Louth, with almost 800 students from 18 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 1,” Thomas McEvoy, LEO Louth’s Head of Enterprise said.

“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,” he added.

The three category winners above were not the only students awarded for their excellence. Six other groups of senior student entrepreneurs were also cited with Special Catgeory Awards in recognition of their efforts. Awards were given out in categories including Innovation, Best Sales Presentation, Best Sole Trader, Best Digital Business, Best Creative Business and Best Commercial Potential.

The winners are listed below.

SPECIAL CATEGORY AWARDS RECIPIENT

Click the button below to view the Special Category Awards recipients.

The Student Enterprise Programme is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices and involves over 25,000 students from 500 secondary schools every year.

It runs from September to May and the 2019/2020 National Final takes place on Friday, May 1 , 2020 in Dublin’s Croke Park.

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