In the 12+ years since the establishment of the Student Enterprise Awards, we have seen some fantastic businesses go from a small idea in a classroom to international success! Over the coming months we will be featuring some of the most prominent success stories that have come out of the Awards and discover the dizzying heights that some of our student entrepreneurs have reached!
Student Enterprise Success Stories:
Squeazy, 2013 National Winners
Our 2013t 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.
Irish Baubles, 2012 National Winner
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
Tara has been probably our most high profile winner of the SEAs 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 …
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 …
My Little Big Adventure, 2014 2nd Place, Senior Category
“My Little Big Adventure” is an illustrated book which allows children to write in their own stories to accompany the pictures. The concept is the first of its kind and aims to unleash children’s imaginations while allowing parents a window in to the wonderful and often surprising minds of their kids.