Past Winners

ROC Protection, 2017 National Winners (Senior Category)


Our current champs are ROC Potection from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The three young entrepreneurs came up with a product when in TY called ROC Hurling Protective base layer. This is a specially designed padded jersey to be worn underneath a jersey of a hurler whilst on the field. It protects players from an on rushing sliotar or hurl and  greatly reduces the injury rate in the game.

Find out more about ROC Protection

Headphone Helpers, 2016 National Winner (Senior Category)

Wicklow student, Luke Byrne from Colaiste Chraobh Aghann in Kilcoole won the senior title in 2016 for coming up with a clever solution to an age old problem – how to keep earphones tangle free.

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An Tionchar, 2015 National Winner (Senior Category)

Transition Year student, Shiofra Ryan, was named national champ in 2015 for her innovative new product ‘An Tionchar’ – the first hurling boot of it’s kind that is designed to prevent injury for players of our national games.

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Upright Cycle Stands, 2014 National Winner (Senior Category)

Cathal Daly, a TY student from De La Salle College in Waterford was named national champion in 2014 for his product ‘Upright Cycle Stands’ – a handmade stand for bikes that have clipless pedals. The stand is designed to protect such bikes from getting damaged.

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Squeazy, 2013 National Winners, (Senior Category)

Our 2013 champs were the guys from Squeazy – Luke Sheridan, Fergus Munday and Matthew Hewston from St. Clare’s Comprehensive School in Manorhamilton. The guys wowed our judges earlier this year in Croke Park with their quirky product – an innovative new game based on the classic science experiement ‘Cartesian Diver’. Over the past 5 months the guys have been investing in packaging and accreditation as well as coming up with new product ideas.

Find out more about Squeazy…

Irish Baubles, 2012 National Winner, (Senior Category)

In 2012 Ciara Whooley, from St. David’s Secondary School in Wicklow was crowned Senior Category Winner at the National Final with her winning  business idea Irish Baubles. Since winning Ciara has gone on to sell her product on all five continents, experiencing huge success in  Australasia. 

Find out more about what Ciara is up to …

Rosso Solini, 2011 National Winner, (Senior Category)

Tara has been probably our most high profile winner of the SEPs since she was named winner in the Senior Category in 2011 with her innovative customised soles for shoes Rosso Solini. Tara has certainly gone on to carve out tremendous success in the business world, all while still in her teens! Her products are on sale in many outlets throughout Ireland and she exports to over 23 countries including Iceland, Kuwait, Canada and Australia. Tara has been in contact with a US TV shopping channel and a distributor in the UK with 3,000 retail outlets about stocking her product also.

  Learn more about how far Tara has come since winning in 2011 …

Over the past 15 years, the Student Enterprise Programme (SEPs) has seen some fantastic and promising student business ideas emerge out of classrooms all over the country.

It’s important to highlight that some of the student enterprises that don’t take the top prize at our National Final each year, do actually go on to achieve great business success.

One such company is Sign4Life, from Salesian College in Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick. Read more …