Countdown to Student Enterprise Awards National Final #studententerprise

Wednesday the 22nd April is ‘Judgement Day’ for student entrepreneurs from Dublin City as they prepare to travel to Croke Park to represent their schools at the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals
Co-ordinated in the region by the Local Enterprise Offices, the competition is the largest programme of its kind in the country involving 17,000 students nationally from 370 secondary schools. Representing every county in Ireland, 300 students have now won a place at the National Finals for their enterprise.
The students representing Dublin City in Croke Park on April 22nd are:
Alex Shelley, Ciara Egan, Aoife Smith, Niamh Fitzgerald, Aimee Jordan with their childrens book  Three Timely Tales from St. Michael’s Secondary School Finglas
Wiktoria Klak with her hand crafted boxes -  Precious Moments from Our Lady of Mercy College Beaumont
Aicha Halfaoui and her scented candle collection - Aicha's Sweet Scents also hailing from Our Lady of Mercy College Beaumont
Speaking ahead of the students’ trip to Croke Park, the Head of Enterprise for LEO Dublin City Greg Swift wished them all well, saying: “Since last September, budding entrepreneurs from schools all over the county have been researching and running their own enterprises, learning about business in the real-world. The teachers, students and schools participating in the Student Enterprise Awards deserve huge recognition for what they have achieved and the Local Enterprise Office is proud to support them all the way to ‘National Final Day’ in Croke Park on April 22nd.”
Damien English T.D., the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, is the guest speaker at the awards ceremony and will be presenting prizes across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories.
ENDS
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
www.localenterprise.ie/dublincity
https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil       www.facebook.com/DublinCityCouncil

Notes to the Editor:
The judging panel for the Junior Category are: Caroline McHale (Professional Development Service for Teachers), Orla O’ Carroll (Orla O’ Carroll Ltd) and Pádraig McDermott (formerly of Mayo County Enterprise Board).
The Intermediate Category judges this year are: Ger Enright (former Chair of the Student Enterprise Awards Organising Committee and Waterford County Enterprise Board), Anthony Gregory (Elite Food Solutions) and Mary Keane (LEADER Programme).
The three Senior Category judges for 2015 are: Fiona Donnelly (Management Consultant and Entrepreneur), Úna Curley Keegan (Business Matters) and Eamon Keane (Xpreso Software and winner of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ for 2014).
In addition to the three main categories, there will be ‘Intellectual Property Awareness’ awards presented by the Irish Patents Office and ‘Social Media’ awards presented by Essential French.
Teachers and principals are being encouraged to contact their Local Enterprise Office, to find out about the 2015/2016 Student Enterprise Awards Programme. Further information and updates around Student Enterprise Awards (#studententerprise) is available through www.studententerprise.ie, which also has free resources and video tutorials.

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