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And The Winners Are ….

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And The Winners Are ……

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all our 2024 National Final Winners!!!




Overall Winner:
Carry Camán, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Kerry


Best Innovation Award:

DCA Machinery Lighting, Drumshanbo Vocational School, Leitrim


Best Sales & Marketing Award: 

CS Hurls, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Westmeath


One-To-Watch Award:

The Easy Carrier, Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet, Mayo



Intermediate Category


Overall Winner:
Esker Timber Creations, Presentation College, Athenry, Galway


Best Innovation Award:

HP Enterprise, Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles, Tipperary


Best Sales & Marketing Award:

Gloine Mara, Colaiste Abhainn Ri, Kilkenny


 One-To-Watch Award:
Love Cobh Colouring, Colaiste Muire, Cobh, South Cork



Senior Category


Overall Winner:
Finnegan Fabrication High Lift, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Meath


Best Innovation Award:

Tankit, CBS Thurles, Tipperary


Best Sales & Marketing Award:

 DJS Engineering, Kinsale Community School, South Cork


One-To-Watch Award:
Sheehan Exterior Clean, Patrician Academy, Mallow



Folens SMART Business Award (Junior Category):

Kellogg’s Green, Loreto Secondary School, Wicklow


Folens SMART Business Award (Senior Category):

The Scented Pen, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Donegal


.IE Best Business Website Award:

Flippin’ Catchy, Tullow Community School, Carlow


CPA Ireland Finance Award: 

Dripfeed, St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan


EPA Sustainability Award (Junior Category):

Green Hoof, Colaiste Dun an Ri, Cavan


EPA Sustainability Award (Intermediate Category):

Esker Timber Creations, Presentation College Athenry, Galway


EPA Sustainability Award (Senior Category):

Eco Fire, Creagh College, Gorey, Wexford


Intellectual Property Awareness Award (Junior Category):

Carry Camán, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Kerry


Intellectual Property Awareness Award (Intermediate Category):

Leine Lufar, Castleisland Community College, Kerry


Intellectual Property Awareness Award (Senior Category):

Tankit, CBS Thurles, Tipperary


 Technology In Action Award:

My Pet Pal, Holy Child, Killiney


My Entrepreneurial Journey Awards (Junior Category):

Worm Away/Healthy Horses, Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown, Carlow


My Entrepreneurial Journey Awards (Intermediate Category): 

Pollinate, Colaiste Abhainn Ri, Kilkenny


LCVP Challenge Award: 

Food Collection for St. Vincent De Paul, Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry, Tipperary


Our 2024 National Finalists!!!

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Our 2024 National Finalists!!!

Well done to the Top 81 student enterprises in the country for making it all the way to the National Final in Mullingar on Thursday 9th May 2024.

Full details on our finalists below:

SEP Alumni Trailblazing in The World of Dementia Care

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SEP Alumni Trailblazing in The World of Dementia Care

We love bringing you updates on the many successes and achievements of our community of SEP Alumni! This month we are proud to follow up with former 2015 3rd place National Winner, Niamh Murray from Westmeath, who is co-founder of a ground breaking new business called Forget Me Not which is changing the lives of people with dementia.

Niamh was the Westmeath entry from Moate Community School back in 2015 with her business Once Upon A Rhyme – a creative idea that brought nursery rhymes into the 21st century by featuring them on a range of products such as t-shirts and jumpers alongside eye catching artwork.

Following her win Niamh was one of 15 lucky students who attended the Student Enterprise Summer Business Bootcamp at University College Cork to develop her business idea further.

Her stint at the Bootcamp resulted in Niamh heading to UCC for her undergrad degree and subsequently she entered the IGNITE Incubation Centre where her entrepreneurial passion really flourished.

At IGNITE, Niamh and her business partner Amy Boyden developed a ground breaking new business idea called Forget Me Not that is aimed at helping improve communication skills for dementia patients. Based on Reminiscence Therapy, Forget Me Not is an app that uses music, video and voice recordings to help patients remember people, events and places from their past. More about Niamh’s entrepreneurial journey …

Find out more about Forget Me Not App                     Meet Niamh Murray 


County Finals Are Coming!!!!

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It’s almost County Final time already!!!


From next month all our fantastic student entrepreneurs will start showcasing all their hard work at their County Finals and battle it out for a place at the National Final on 9th May. Below is a guide to what’s happening across the country:


LEO RegionDateVenue
1Longford29th FebruaryLongford Arms Hotel
2Meath5th MarchKnightsbrook Hotel, Trim
3Monaghan29th FebruaryGlencairn Hotel, Castleblayney
4North Cork27th FebruarySpringfort Hall Hotel, Mallow
5Dun Laoghaire Rathdown28th FebruaryRoyal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire
6Kildare29th FebruaryKilashee Hotel Naas
7Offaly5th MarchTullamore Court Hotel
8Mayo7th MarchGreat National Hotel, Ballina
9Roscommon12th MarchAthlone Springs Hotel
10Galway13th MarchClayton Hotel
11Limerick14th MarchCastletroy Park Hotel
12Fingal14th MarchCrown Plaza Blanchardstown
13Waterford 5th MarchTower Hotel
14Laois5th MarchMidlands Park Hotel
15Wicklow27th FebruaryWicklow County Campus
16Tipperary23rd FebruaryTUS Thurles Campus
17Dublin City28th FebruaryMansion House, Dublni
18Westmeath5th MarchGolden Island Shopping Centre, Athlone
19South Dublin12th MarchThe Maldron, Tallaght
20South Cork27th FebruaryCounty Hall, Cork
21Leitrim5th MarchThe Bush Hotel
22Sligo13th MarchSligo Park Hotel
23Kilkenny29th FebruaryLyrath Estate Hotel
24Clare27th FebWest County Hotel, Ennis
25Cork City March 12thUCC
26West Cork 27th FebruaryCeltic Ross Hotel, Roscarberry
27Donegal 1st MarchRadisson Hotel
28Wexford7th MarchWexford County Council
29Cavan 6th MarchKilmore, Cavan
30Carlow 7th MarchWoodford Dolman Hotel
31Louth 27th FebruaryThe Fairways Hotel, Dundalk
32Kerry15th MarchMTU Tralee

CPA Ireland Sponsors New Finance Award

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CPA Ireland Finance Award


We are delighted to be collaborating this year with The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) to award one student enterprise at the National Final 2024 with the CPA Ireland Finance Award.

Over the coming weeks, SEP in collaboration with CPA Ireland will be rolling out a range of teaching and learning resources to help our student entrepreneurs with the financial side of running their student enterprises.

From pricing strategies and cashflow, to profit & loss accounts, and writing your financial report – we will cover all the key areas to ensure students’ financials are in tip top shape!!

As Christmas Markets are drawing closer, the resources on pricing strategies will be particularly helpful for students, as in most cases, this will be their first opportunity to make sales of their product/service.

Speaking about the launch of the new CPA Ireland Finance Award, Judith Condell of CPA Ireland said “The financial management skills student entrepreneurs learn while taking part in SEP will stand to them in many ways, both now and into the future. Whether they decide to set up their own business or work in a finance role in industry or practice, the financial & management skills they will learn this year will give them a real competitive edge going forward. We are really looking forward to working with the students and their teachers over the coming months and are very excited to see all this years amazing business ideas!.”

Early in the new year, in the lead up to the County Finals, CPA Ireland will host a live webinar to help students prepare their financials for their Business Report/Enterprise Poster.

Keep an eye on our homepage for further details of when this is taking place!


More information on CPA Ireland available at:

CPA Ireland (@cpaireland) • Instagram photos and videos

CPA Ireland (@CPANews) / X (

CPA Ireland | Dublin | Facebook



Irish Media Star Launches Student Enterprise Programme 2023/24

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Louise Cantillon,  former teacher turned TV and Radio Star, has today launched the 2024 Student Enterprise Programme, Ireland’s largest enterprise competition for second level students.


An initiative of the Local Enterprise Office, the Student Enterprise Programme was created to promote entrepreneurship in second level schools, equipping students with the skills to set up and successfully run their own business. Now in its 22nd year, the programme has proved to be a huge success, with over 350,000 secondary school students taking part since it first began. This year alone, a further 25,000 students are expected to participate.


For the programme, each student enterprise is challenged with creating, setting up and running their own business, and must show viable sales of their service or product. Following county finals later this year, student enterprises from across the country will take part in the national final in Mullingar on Thursday 9th May 2024.


The Student Enterprise Programme is open to students of all ages at senior level, with three separate categories – Junior (1st year), Intermediate (2nd and 3rd year) and Senior (4th, 5th and 6th year, LVA, LCA and Youth Outreach). There are also a number of prizes that recognise achievements across specific categories – including the “Best Business Website”, “Sustainability Award”, the “Smart Business Idea”, the “My Entrepreneurial Journey”, “Finance Award”, “Technology Award” and “Intellectual Property” competitions from previous years.


This year also marks the re-launch of the student workbooks ‘as Gaeilge’, further encouraging participation amongst Gaelscoil students while supporting the promotion of the Irish language.


Last year’s winner of the Student Enterprise Programme were Josh McCormack and Evan McNeil from Roscommon Community College, the founders and designers of “MC Compactors”, a stainless-steel device which enables users to easily compact rubbish in standard wheelie bins. The device works with all standard household wheelie bins, allows users to compress their waste, facilitating greater capacity within the household bin.


Michael Nevin, chair of the Education Enterprise Committee of the Local Enterprise Offices, said; “I am delighted to launch the 2023/2024 Student Enterprise Programme which marks the 22nd year of the hugely successful programme. Each year we are blown away by the creativity and the ingenuity of second level students across the country, and I have no doubt that this year will be no different. The programme is expanding each year, and this year I’m particularly delighted to announce our updated Irish language workbook, which I hope will encourage even more Gaelscoileanna to get involved.”


This year, Gaelgeoir and broadcaster Louise Cantillon will be the programme ambassador. Announcing her role, Louise said:


“I am honoured to have been asked to represent the Student Enterprise Programme as an Ambassador this year, particularly with the new Irish element to the programme! I know first hand how transformative this programme can be for students taking part. I was involved in teaching mini-company when I worked as a teacher earlier in my career and the life skills that students learn on top of the business skills is a real game changer. They come out the other end of this programme with a skillset that will stand to them for life!”


The Student Enterprise Programme is funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country. Last year’s competition saw over 25,000 students from approximately 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2022/2023.





For further information:

Declan Lee – Enterprise Ireland – 087 695 7451 /

Deirdre Sheahan – Drury – 085 744 2242 / Deirdre/

Rachel Kilbane – Drury – 083 339 8587 /





  • Junior – Grasper, Drumshanbo Vocational School
  • Intermediate – Clip Clop Designs, Moyne Community School
  • Senior – MC Compactors, Roscommon Community College


  • Junior – Sew Stylish – Brigid’s College, Callan
  • Intermediate – Earrings by Aoibheann- Loreto College, Dalkey
  • Senior – Barrelda – St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan


  • Junior – Go Green Now – Salerno Secondary School, Galway
  • Intermediate – T-Snappi – Summerhill College, Sligo
  • Senior – Coppercase – St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan



  • Junior – Sofatop – Ballybay Community School, Monaghan
  • Intermediate – Aim It Board – Loreto College, Dublin City
  • Senior – Handy Hose – CBS Thurles, Tipperary



  • Junior – Specrest – Educate Together, Portmarnock
  • Intermediate – Crios Mhadra – Presentation Secondary, Castleisland, Kerry
  • Senior – Smooth Remove – Boherbue Comprehensive, North Cork



  • Junior – Complete Caman – Presentation Secondary School, CastleIsland, Kerry
  • Intermediate – Lift Arm Assist – CBS Kilkenny
  • Senior – Abbey Bread – Cistercian College, Roscrea, Offaly



  • Junior – Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties – Our Lady’s Secondary School, Drogheda
  • Intermediate – Scott Engine Tables – Colaiste Chill Mhantain, Rathnew, Wicklow
  • Senior – ROC Protection – Clonkeen College, Blackrock, Dublin