Over 200 students attended the Louth County Enterprise Board (LCEB) County Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards recently in the Fairways Hotel, Dundalk.
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.
Speaking at the event Peggy McGlynn of the LCEB said:
“This year saw 39 mini companies from second level schools in the county making it to county final.
“Companies ranged from manufacture of baby changing mats and wooden craft designs to hand painted canvases, tye dye T-shirts and phone/ipad accessories to producing and selling traditional tunes on CDs.
“There was also a wheelie bin device to secure the lids of wheelie bins and a protective boot for cows.”
Food products included a candy and cake emporium anthere were also various recycling products as well as handmade jewellery and vintage products.
“It was great to see the levels of enterprise and innovation amongst the students,” said Peggy.
“These awards 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 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 9 companies in senior category and a runner up and junior category.