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Friday 19 July 2019

Enterprising Louth students aim for Croker!

Secondary school students across Louth have their eyes on a Croke Park Final in May as the Local Enterprise Office's Student Enterprise Programme for 2018 / 2019 was launched recently.

Over 1100 students from 17 secondary schools in Louth are taking part in this year's Student Enterprise Programme that was launched by Pat Breen, T.D., Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection and rugby star Josh Van Der Flier who is Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador for this year.

Ireland's largest second level business initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 26,000 students from 512 secondary schools across the country take part in 2018. The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Finals in Croke Park on May 3rd.

Louth has a strong track record when it comes to successful student entrepreneurs. For example Students from Sacred Heart Secondary School in Drogheda won an award at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park in May 2018. The students won the Best Commercial Potential Award in the Intermediate Category. The winning students were: Leah Keogh, Eva Barnett and Luisa Woods who worked under the guidance of their teacher, Catherine Horan. Their student enterprise was called: 'Makes Cents', which developed a pre-paid, cashless payment card aimed at teenagers. This project has been previously selected as a winner of the PFS Junior FinTech Awards 2018.

Speaking to some of the students involved in this year's programme at the event, Minister Breen emphasised the importance of instilling entrepreneurship in future business leaders. "It is imperative that we try to give the next generation of entrepreneurs a real understanding and passion for how businesses work. We need creative young minds coming through who want to create their own businesses in the future and create jobs in Ireland.

Thomas McEvoy with Local Enterprise Office Louth said; "The Student Enterprise Programme is designed to engage and develop students' entrepreneurial drive. It gives them a flavour of business and the opportunity to bring some of their fantastic ideas to life. The 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities across the country work closely with the schools but it's the enthusiasm of the students that shines though along with some amazing ideas. We have seen so many students through the programme that continue their business in the years after the programme and that's a testament to the work of the teachers involved and the programme itself."

The Student Enterprise Programme also has a new website for 2018 / 2019 at www.StudentEnterprise.ie, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.

For further information on the Student Enterprise Programme for 2018 / 2019 contact Local Enterprise Office Louth on info@leo.louthcoco.ie 1890 202 303 or log on to www.StudentEnterprise.ie. For more information on Local Enterprise Office programmes and initiatives supporting enterprise log on to www.LocalEnterprise.ie

Drogheda Independent

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