Local Enterprise Office South Dublin confirms that winning teenage entrepreneurs from Tallaght, Walkinstown, Lucan and Rathfarnham will represent county at National Final of Student Enterprise Programme.

Eight teenage entrepreneurs from three local schools have won a place representing South Dublin at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park on the 3rd of May. Every September through Local Enterprise Office South Dublin entrepreneurial secondary school students begin their business journey as they are encouraged to research, set-up and run their own real-world businesses. The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities, is the most successful student enterprise programme of it’s kind in the country. An estimated 26,000 students from 490 schools around the country begin their entrepreneurial journey every year with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and Local Enterprise Office.

The students were all competing at the South Dublin Final on 8 March 2019 which was held at the Technological University Dublin Tallaght Campus. An estimated 210 students from 12 schools took part in the annual programme locally. In the Junior Category, the students representing South Dublin at the National Finals in Croke Park are: Tomas O Mordha, Jake O Meachair and Marc Mac Aindreas from Cloigeanna Tamhlachta 18 at Coláiste De Híde, Tallaght. In the Intermediate Category, Karl Carew, Mason McNamara, KM Enterprise, Greenhills College will be representing the county in Croke Park. In the Senior Category of the competition South Dublin will be represented on May 3 by Donal Monahan, Ryan O’ Dwyer and Jake Andrews, from Focail Bhega at Coláiste Éanna.

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Speaking at the county final, Tom Rooney Head of Local Enterprise Office South Dublin congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in South Dublin with over 210 students from 12 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 3.” He continued: “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”.

The local students will be competing against hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the Annual Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on May 3. For further information see www.studententerprise.ie and by searching #studententerprise on social media.