A BUDDING entrepreneur from Dundalk has won the junior category at the Student Enterprise Awards national finals.
Stirling Ó Mháirtin from Dundalk Grammar School took the top prize in the Junior Category of the competition in Croke Park on Thursday, April 14.
Ó Mháirtín’s company entitled ‘Awe Wish Ireland’ was nominated for the national final by Louth County Enterprise Board.
It was set up by Stirling last September to promote the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’ and their message by making bracelets.
Over 240 teenage entrepreneurs from secondary schools in every county competed at the national final, which is the culmination of eight months’ hard work by the students who have researched, set-up and managed their own real-life student businesses through the Student Enterprise programme.
Peggy McGlynn of Louth County Enterprise Board said: “Awe Wish Ireland is a fantastic way to promote enterprise in schools across Louth.
“Stirling is a great worker and proof that hard work can make a business really take off. The Student Enterprise Programme has helped so many students to learn the advantages and the obstacles to overcome when starting a business.”
“Many have taken the first steps to being their own employer and to possibly employing others in the future.”
The teenage entrepreneurs were judged on areas such as market research, production, personal development, finances, business planning, interview techniques and risk management.
In neighbouring Co Monaghan, St Macartan’s College won third prize in the Innovation award category.