Wicklow teen entrepreneur wins Student Enterprise Award for patent-pending earphone band
A Wicklow teenage entrepreneur has won the Student Enterprise Award for a patent-pending earphone band that stops them from getting tangled.
The top prize went to Luke Byrne, from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow.
Other prizes went to students from Donegal and Meath.
The Student Enterprise Awards National Finals are organised by the Local Enterprise Offices.
The 16-year-old teen took the overall Senior Category prize for 'Headphone Helpers', a patent-pending silicone band to stop earphones from getting tangled.
Co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices across Ireland, the 14th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park saw 201 student entrepreneurs from 69 schools showcase 76 different student enterprises, across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories.
A record-breaking 22,000 students from 620 schools took part in the programme this year.
First Place (Senior Category)
Winning Business: Headphone Helpers
Supported by Local Enterprise Office: Wicklow
Description: Silicone wearable band to avoid earphones from getting tangled (patent pending)
Student: Luke Byrne
School: Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole
Teacher: Ruairi Farrell
First Place (Intermediate Category)
Winning Business: Inish Woodworking
Supported by Local Enterprise Office: Donegal
Description: Handmade wooden crafts, such as lamps, candlesticks, cheeseboards and bowls.
School: Scoil Mhuire Buncrana
Students: Sean Óg Harrigan and Oisín McLaughlin
Teacher: Martina McBride
First Place (Junior Category)
Winning Business: Amor
Supported by Local Enterprise Office: Meath
Description: Modified stirrup tread used to help foot positioning of the horse-rider.
School: St. Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle
Students: Emily Finegan, Kate O’ Reilly, Ava Caddan and Mary Freeman.
Teachers: Ciara McConnell and Ronan Baxter.