LEO Dublin City Teenage Entrepreneurs Reach Dublin City Final

Today Thursday 12th March, The Local Enterprise Office -Dublin City hosts the Dublin final of The Local Enterprise Office Dublin City Annual Student Enterprise Awards 2015 - the largest student enterprise programme of its kind in the country.
This year, over 200 finalists from Dublin City will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. The judging panels will takes numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.
As well as gaining substantial business experience, there is a prize-fund on offer for the young entrepreneurs.
Deputy Lord Mayor Larry O’Toole said “The variety of original concepts and products at this year’s event showcases the ability of Irish students in generating potential business opportunities both at home and abroad. I congratulate students, parents and teachers for their magnificent efforts to-date and wish the winners every success in the National Finals”.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD said: “In Ireland we have great entrepreneurs – we just don’t have enough of them. We have put in place a new plan to double the jobs impact of start-ups in Ireland over the coming years, and a key part of that is encouraging young people to consider starting a business as a career choice. The Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition that we put in place last year helped to put the spotlight on the amazing young people starting their own businesses in Ireland, and today’s initiative will also make a major contribution. I congratulate all involved and wish them every success for the future”.
“The Student Enterprise Awards encourages and enables students to get a taste for running a business and developing an entrepreneurial mind-set. By fostering an enterprising culture in the classroom, the Local Enterprise Offices are working with teachers and schools to help nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise Office.
The three main categories for the Student Enterprise Awards programme includes senior, intermediate and junior levels, which all comprise of first, second and third place winners, alongside awards for best innovation, display and social media.
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Notes to the Editor:
The aim of the Awards is to equip students with the opportunity to set up and run a business and to enter that business into an Awards programme where they compete with students from all other parts of Dublin and later the winners of the Dublin City Final are entered into the National Final where they compete with students from all over Ireland who have been selected by their respective Local Enterprise Office
After developing their ideas into a small business, teams develop and run their businesses both in school and in the wider community. They then submit a detailed business report about their activities.
The best teams are then selected from each school to attend The Dublin City Final, where their businesses are displayed and adjudicated by a panel of business experts.
The winning teams from the City Final are chosen to represent their city at the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals in April.