Enterprise award for Naas students

St Mary's College, Naas

Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara



Enterprise award for Naas students

The St Mary's students are Anna Burke, Anna Bazin, Daire Kavanagh, Sophie Brown and Eabha Bracken O’Brien . Also pictured Oisin Geoghegan, Pat Breen, Michael Nevin.

Ireland’s largest celebration of secondary school entrepreneurs took place in Croke Park at the Student Enterprise national final on May 3. The event was  coordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices.

Students from St.Mary’s College in Naas have won an award at the Student Enterprise Programme national finals in Croke Park this week, organised by the LEOs) for secondary schools.

The students won third place in the senior category and were presented with their awards on stage by the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection  Pat Breen, T.D., Oisin Geoghegan of the LEOs and Michael Nevin, Chair of the enterprise education eommittee for the LEOs.

The winning students were: Anna Burke, Sophie Brown, Anna Bazin, Daire Kavanagh and Eabha Bracken O’Brien, who worked under the guidance of their teachers Elaine Quinn and Francis Wallace. The five teenage entrepreneurs published a book entitled ‘The Struggle is Real’. The aim of the book is to offer advice and guidance to help teens overcome struggles in their lives. What makes the book unique is that it is created by young people for young people.

The programme, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the LEOs, had a total of 222 teenage entrepreneurs, aged between 13 and 18, from 78 different enterprises, competing at the final, with every local authority area represented.

This year’s Student Enterprise Programme attracted over 26,000 student participants from 480 secondary schools around the country. Starting every September, the enterprise education initiative helps students gain the skills and practical knowledge of running a real-life business.

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