LOUTH County Enterprise Board hosted the county finals of the Student Enterprise Awards recently at The Fairways Hotel Dundalk.
The prize for the best overall prize in the senior category went to Colaiste Ris for their company Gum Pouch Productions.
They will now represent Louth in the national finals in Croke Park in April.
Scoil Mhuiri na Trocaire Dunleer won the Intermediate section with Barry’s Free Range Eggs.
And Dundalk Grammar won the Junior category with Euro Coin Collection Cards.
St Mary’s College Dundalk had the Most Potential product, called Strap it!
The Technology Award went to O Fiaich College for iTeens.
Dundalk Grammar also took the Quality Award for Kawaii Collections.
And Bush Post Primary School took the New Product Development Award for Gutter Gadget
The competition is an exciting and rewarding experience for young people, creating a culture where students think more readily of becoming entrepreneurs and setting up their own business in the future.
It enhances their creativity, improves communication skills and provides practical uses for business studies topics.
This year saw 36 mini companies from second level schools in the county making it to county final. Companies ranged from manufacture of a gutter gadget and creative art designs to community projects, handmade jewellery and technology projects to a gum pouch pocket for football shorts.
There was also a door guard invention to prevent burglary together with food products including a home-made ice cream project and production of free range eggs.
It was great to see the levels of enterprise and innovation amongst the students. Student Enterprise Awards continues to offer students the opportunity to take a business from the idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management and finally writing a comprehensive report on their activities.
A big thank you goes to all the teachers who support and encourage these mini companies year after year and our thanks also to our judges, who are an independent panel of business experts”. Prizes were awarded to 8 companies in senior category and an Intermediate and Junior category winner.