The student enterprise competition is a national competition that has been running for over 10 years.
It was created so students could learn real life entrepreneur skills by setting up their own business, working as a team and successfully creating, marketing and selling a product or service.
It is particularly aimed at Transition Year Students and this year Dundalk has seen a number of successful mini companies. Many of the schools in Dundalk have been working on mini companies since the start of the year and in September Transition Year Enterprise Students attended an introduction to Enterprise held by the local enterprise office which has been described by teachers as giving students “an insight into the world of business with real life entrepreneurs”.
Several of the best TY mini companies from each school will go forward to compete against each other in the regional enterprise competition on the 7th of March taking place in the Carrickdale Hotel.
A wide range of mini companies have been created and it is clear that Dundalk students take innovative ideas to the next level. From St. Louis Secondary School, Lindsay Green, Andrea Daly, Sasha Stitt and Karis Moran were one company, ‘Klas-16’ that got through the competition with their product of face highlighters.
Karis Moran has said that from the experience she has “Learned how important it is to work with your friends and to support each other’s decisions”., ‘Glow-Up’ was another company that got through with the team of Clodagh Shine, Emma Sevink, Lauren Byrne and Ini Joye with their decorative fairy lanterns made out of recycled jars. Lauren Harmon and Aoife Holmes decided to go a different direction by creating a website called ‘Teenwellbeen.com’ aimed to “encourage and support teenagers on their physical and mental health journey”.