STUDENTS from Ballybunion were the senior category winners in the County Final of the Kerry County Council Annual Student Enterprise Awards was held todayin the Institute of Technology, Tralee.
The boys from St. Joseph’s Secondary School won for their “Circulation Foot Stool’ entry where they constructed a circulation foot stool support. Students involved included Philip Byrne, Jamie Hannon and Fionnan Toomey.
The competition saw 32 mini-businesses being set up by over 120 second level school students involved in the competition.
The competition promotes business idea development, structure, sourcing of finance, marketing/sales and the presentation of a formal business plan.
Prizes were awarded at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. The winners of the County Student Enterprise Awards in all categories go forward to the National Finals to be held in Croke Park on 3rd May 2017. The Student Enterprise Awards bring a taste of real life business to the classroom.
The winner of the Intermediate Category was “grandparents.com” – childhood memories from grandparents videod by grandchildren and set up by Dylan Mangan from Killorglin Community School.
Junior level winner was Adele O’Brien from Presentation Secondary School Milltown. This business consists of a bag containing a variety of different products.
Other prizes were awarded for Best Stand, Most Innovative Product, Most Enterprising Project and Best Business Plan.
Comprehensive School Tarbert won the most Enterprising School Award for it’s work in fostering entrepreneurship within the school and was presented with the Cantillon Perpetual Cup.
Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise Office said “I am pleased to see the level of innovation, resourcefulness, planning and development of all 32 projects in this year’s awards. This is a real life exercise. It involves idea generation and actual trading. Profits are generated and finance is secured. It is a taste of business and all the issues involved from finding the right idea, funding the business, collecting the money and building the team. I must commend the teachers for their efforts and the mentors for their support. The judges had a very difficult task!”