28 February 2018 Back to news
2500 entrepreneurial scholars from 24 schools step up to Fingal’s Student Enterprise Programme County Final in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown, on Thursday March 22nd.
Organised by Fingal Local Enterprise Office, these innovative north Dubliners have been eager participants in the National Student Enterprise Awards Programme since September. The savvy students are running actual businesses, having researched, resourced and now trading services and products, with the guidance of business mentors.
There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide. Fingal LEO co-ordinates and presents the largest number of participants every year. Now in its sixteenth year, a record number of 2,500 students from 24 secondary schools in Fingal are competing.
The County Final and awards ceremony will be in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on March 22nd.
Category Winners will advance to the National Final to be held in Croke Park, on May 2nd, 2018.
The ‘National Student Enterprise Programme’, annually sees over 22,000 students compete on the national stage.
The secondary schools programme is sponsored, for the eighth consecutive year, by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board.
Blanchardstown Centre is also a loyal partner of this programme for many years. Marketing Manager, Mercy Prendergast said "Blanchardstown Centre is proud to support the Student Enterprise Programme in Fingal. It is fantastic to see the energy and enthusiasm of each of these young local aspiring entrepreneurs. It is an inspiration to our community."
Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise, Fingal Local Enterprise Office said: “Hosting the largest programme in the country, we are proud to say we have seen many successes in the National Finals. We have seen phenomenal growth and this year we are delighted with the record numbers of students, from secondary schools across the region setting up and running their own businesses. The schools, our mentors, local businesses and the sponsors are more than encouraging and every year we can see that students continue on their entrepreneurial journey and indeed set up successful enterprises in post school years."
Paul Reid, Chief Executive, Fingal County Council added "What they gain from this programme is an invaluable insight into the roots of business and a taste of experience in a safe environment. The lessons they learn on this programme will help set them on an entrepreneurial path from a young age.”