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HUGE congratulations to all our our 2022 National Finalists!!!

The first phase of judging is well underway and the shortlist for the in-person final in Dublin on 18th May as well as all category winners will be announced next Tuesday 3rd May at 3pm via live link on our YouTube and Facebook pages.

Here’s a full list of all student enterprises that made it to the first round of national final judging this year.

Junior Category National Finalists 2022

Student Enterprise LEO Region
Jesse James WoodcraftMonaghan
Roley PoleyKerry
Simply RecycledWexford
Country CraftsLeitrim
KRJ ValetsSligo
C & C CreationsMeath
The Wonderful WoodworkersTipperary
Sew StylishKilkenny
Sapone SoapLaois
Pom Pom PalsWest Cork
Eco EgoCavan
The Pup BoxDLRD
CCA Junior OrnamentsWicklow
Resin CraftLimerick
Seasonal Timber ProductsMayo
Designer DenimRoscommon
Bee FreeSouth Cork
BEA Body ScrubsClare
DecoropageWestmeath
LHMDublin City
Crazy CandlesSouth Dublin
Patch YourselfFingal
Handmade By LaoiseLouth

 

Intermediate Category National Finalists 2022

Student EnterpriseLEO Region
Pocket DynamoGalway
Kicks On WheelsKerry
Saoirse’s Bakes and CakesLongford
Little People Big PastsWexford
Six ScentsLeitrim
Destroy it BaitsSligo
Ava’s Calf EnterpriseMeath
How Music Changed My LifeTipperary
Twin Painters Ltd.Kilkenny
OsiteLaois
JCM WoodcraftDonegal
Grene Room CraftsCavan
Earrings By AoibheannDLRD
Mela No MoreLimerick
Cool CoinnleNorth Cork
Gallen CS BindersOffaly
Smart Sensor SwitchMayo
Cattle Trailer Safety BarRoscommon
Wax n WixSouth Cork
Fidget BearCork City
Gorgeous GiftsClare
Cingdom Of CandlesDublin City
Custom CarryFingal
Jewellery By SaoirseLouth

 

Senior Category National Finalists 2022

Student Enterprise LEO Region
Horseshoes 4 UKildare
Know Your PhoneGalway
SoundsafeMonaghan
Mearscaoilte LaoKerry
CMGLongford
Handy HurleysWaterford
Clonough Handmade SoapWexford
The Crafters CornerLeitrim
Soft LandingSligo
BareldaMeath
CocobowTipperary
Sea Ya LaterKilkenny
RC WoodcraftsLaois
Campion CutzCarlow
Seoda DraiochtaWest Cork
Sports Injury ResponseDonegal
Jakes Family TreesCavan
Celeb SlimesDLRD
Wood Is On FireWicklow
SmartarntuLimerick
Pole PalsNorth Cork
Paipear PlandaiOffaly
Achill Seaweed SoakMayo
Cupan CoziesRoscommon
Guerilla GardenersSouth Cork
Save4ChangeCork City
Teen STEM MagazineClare
Framed ItWestmeath
MadrateicDublin City
Scented SantizerSouth Dubln
AKA AlbumsFingal
ROCI SportsLouth

New ’20 Questions With …’ Video Series Now Live!

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To celebrate 20 years of Student Enterprise, we have launched a new ’20 Questions With …’ video series on our YouTube Channel.

Each of the 10 episodes features a different entrepreneur/personality, put through their paces with our quick fire 20 questions, covering everything from tips to make it in business to favourite pizza topping!!!

Log onto our YouTube Channel to start watching now.

The videos are ideal for use in the classroom with business studies students.

One important thing to do before you press the ‘upload’ button …..

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One important thing to do before you press the ‘upload’ button …..

There’s no doubt about it, having a presence on social media is a wonderful way to create a buzz around your business which should lead to a boost in sales. But there are some very important things to consider in relation to images and music you use in your posts.   You are, of course, not allowed to use the logo, trademark or tagline belonging to any brand.

Supergroup ABBA sang “Thank you for the Music” but do you know who you need to thank for yours?  If you are posting on your social media accounts and using a backing track, you need to be careful which tracks you use. Did you know that 60% of Instagram stories are played with the sound on?  You don’t want to be saying “SOS,” and have to take down the posts into which you have put so much work.  Get it right from the start and instead, you will be saying “Money, Money, Money!” and you will be Dancing (Queen) all the way to the bank!

The use of copyrighted music in business accounts/videos on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and YouTube is not allowed unless it’s your own creation or you have paid for the right to use it. Instagram automatically scans for copyrighted audio and can detect when music is being used without a license.

However, Tik Tok and Instagram have a catalogue of music which can be used.  Commercial music library tracks are available in the TikTok Sounds Library for all Business account users.

Facebook – In your posts, you can use music that you have the rights, permission or licence to use. It should be noted that Facebook is quite strict on this, and the account can be banned. Shorter clips of music are recommended. Facebook advises that creators can use its free Sounds Library, which includes a collection of copyright-free music clips and samples.

YouTube – If you want to legally use copyrighted music on YouTube, you’ll have to go out and get approval from the original creator in order to use it.

Things to bear in mind when selling online:

  • You can tag products in Instagram posts which can be linked to your website for purchase. If you are selling via your website, make sure it is a secure one.
  • It is possible to sell via Instagram and Facebook, but it is quite complicated to manage as your Facebook business page must be linked to Instagram – the two have to “talk to each other.”
  • Remember that the Customer is King and always make sure that you or one of your business partners ALWAYS concentrates on customer service as this is what will keep people coming back to purchase from you time and time again!

 

National Final 2022 – All the details!!!

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National Final 2022 – All the details!!!

WHERE: The Helix, DCU

WHEN: 18th May 2022

TIME: 9.30am to 4pn

Main Mini-Company Competition (Entry deadline 6th April 2022)

Entry Materials:

-Business Report (6 page + appendices) – SENIOR CATEGORY
-Business Poster – JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE CATEGORIES
-2 minute pitch video – ALL CATEGORIES (Compulsory)
-Visual aids e.g. images, powerpoints etc.. (Optional for all categories)

• Judging will be based on these electronic submissions and the Top 5 teams in each category will be announced on 3rd May online via Live Broadcast and these teams will go forward to an in-person live Final at The Helix in Dublin on 18th May 2022. At the Live Final the students will be interviewed on stage in the Theatre at The Helix by a panel of judges and in front of a small audience. As part of this interview, students will be asked to play their pre-prepared ‘pitch video’.

• Pitch Video: The 15 finalist teams will have the opportunity to edit and improve on their 2-minute video pitch before the live event at The Helix on 18th May 2022. The pitch video will be played as part of their on-stage pitch for judges on the day and will be followed by a ‘Questions & Answers’ session. The final version of the pitch video should be submitted to the National Co-ordinator by 13th May 2022.

• Students will also be asked to showcase their product/service in a small ‘Product Demonstration Room’ at the event. A table will be provided in the room for each team to decorate as they wish to display their product.

• The various category winners i.e. ‘Best Business Report’, ‘Best Commercial Potential’ etc… arising out of the electronic judging will be announced during the live National Final event on 18th May & streamed online.

 

How to submit entries:

  • All files should be submitted by the relevant SEP Local Co-ordinator on behalf of the students. Submissions should be made in ONE ‘We Transfer’ to nationalcoordinator@studententerprise.ie by 6th April 2022.
  • National Final Entry Form will be available online from January 2022

 

Optional Competitions

My Entrepreneurial Journey Competition

  • County submission deadline: varies from county to county (check with your local SEP Co-ordinator)
  • National submission deadline: 6th April 2022
  • Submission format: We Transfer
  • Announcement winners 3rd May 2022

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Creative Business Idea Video Competition

  • Online submission deadline: 28th February 2022
  • National submission deadline: 6th April 2022
  • Submission format: Email
  • Announcement winners 3rd May 2022

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Social Media Awards

(Please note that these awards are open to all students that have taken part in SEP during the year, and not just national finalists)

  • National submission deadline: 6th April 2022
  • Submission format: Email
  • Announcement winners 3rd May 2022

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Note: The following 5 Optional Competition winners will be invited to Dublin to collect their prize in person on 18th May 2022:

1. My Entrepreneurial Journey (Junior winner)
2. My Entrepreneurial Journey (Intermediate winner)
3. Creative Business Idea Competition (Junior winner)
4. Creative Business Idea Competition (Senior winner)
5. Excellence in Social Media Award Winner

 

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STUDENT ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME LAUNCHES FOR ITS 20TH YEAR

Over 300,000 students have benefitted from creating their own business since programme began

 

Ireland’s largest student enterprise programme was launched today in what is now its 20th year.  An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to encourage entrepreneurship in secondary schools, the Student Enterprise Programme has seen over 300,000 secondary school students take part since it first began.

 

Today’s launch of the 21/22 programme saw the introduction of this year’s Student Enterprise Programme ambassador, All Ireland winning Limerick hurler, Sean Finn.  Finn launched this year’s programme at Desmond College in Newcastle West, Limerick, a college that has had success in recent years at the Student Enterprise Programme.

 

Notable recent winners of the Student Enterprise Programme include “Coppercase” in May this year who took home the senior prize.  The antimicrobial casing for face masks was the brainchild of Matthew McVicar of Macartans College in Monaghan, who is son of Combilift founder Martin McVicar.  In 2020, a clever attachment for a milking parlour, Handy Hose, took the senior prize and they are now listed with Glanbia across the country, while Fenu Health who also participated in 2016 /17 are taking the equine world by storm with their gut health supplements.

 

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 29,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2020 / 2021 with similar numbers expected to be involved this year.

 

The students will compete across three categories, Junior, Intermediate and Senior and judging takes place virtually via electronic submissions.  Each student enterprise is challenged with creating, setting up and running their own business, which must show sales of their service or product.

 

The programme also has two additional categories that students can enter.  These are the “Most Creative Business Idea” video competition for the Senior category and the “My Entrepreneurial Journey” category for the Junior and Intermediate categories.

 

Seán Finn, Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador and 2021 Hurling All-Ireland winner, said; “Without doubt the Student Enterprise Programme is one of the most beneficial things you can get involved in secondary school.  The business skills you can learn from business ideas and research to sales and marketing are tools you can use across your career and the ability to set up and run a business will always stand by you.  All the very best to the thousands of students who are starting their businesses across the country at the moment and I’m a bit biased so hopefully we might see the Student Enterprise Programme title coming to Limerick in May to sit alongside the Liam McCarthy.”

 

Michael Nevin, chair of the Education Enterprise Committee of the Local Enterprise Offices, said; “The Student Enterprise Programme continues to go from strength-to-strength year on year and the 20th year promises to be no different.  In recent years we have seen students react to create businesses that are solving real world problems, whether it be pandemic related or within sustainability and the green agenda.  Our students don’t want to just create a business, but a business that makes a difference in the world and it’s fantastic to see. We are looking forward to seeing what this year’s students have to offer.”

 

Earlier this year, the 2020/2021 Student Enterprise Programme National Final winners in the Senior category were Coppercase from Macartan’s College in Monaghan for their antimicrobial copper lined case for face masks.  The Intermediate category was won by T-Snappi from Summerhill College in Sligo, while Go Green Now from Salerno Secondary School in Galway took the Junior category award.

 

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, over 300,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business.  The Student Enterprise Programme also has new range of online resources for 2021 / 2022 at www.StudentEnterprise.ie, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.

 

Ends

 

For further information:

Declan Lee – Enterprise Ireland – 087 695 7451 / Declan.Lee@enterprise-ireland.com

Ciara Jordan – Fuzion Communications – 086 868 4555 / Ciara@fuzion.ie

 

PREVIOUS STUDENT ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME WINNERS

2021

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

 

2020

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

 

2019

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

 

2018

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

 

2017

  • 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

 

What a Difference a Year Makes!!!

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Just one year on from setting up his Student Enterprise, 17 year old Aaron Leonard has sure come a long way in just one year. Read his story from student to entrepreneur below …

OCEANERA

THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING

Hi, my name is Aaron Leonard. I’m a 17-year-old student from Wexford. I began my entrepreneurial journey with the Student Enterprise Programme (SEP) last year. As a result of taking part, I have built a very successful sustainable business!

Back last November I launched my eco-friendly business called GoECO. It all started with dropshipping compostable phone cases under the name GoECO which was on the Late Late Show briefly last year. Dropshipping is when a customer places an order on your website and another company packages and ships the product directly to the customer and all you ever see is the profit! In hindsight this process seemed great, but quickly problems began to arise. Customers were complaining of delayed shipping times of 3-4 weeks. Quality problems with the design prints on the back of the cases which I had to replace out of my profits! This lead to another problem we were only making 20% on a 30EUR product, with these problems I knew I needed a drastic change or the business would fizzle out! Then in January, with profits that we built up I began to stock phone cases in my bedroom.

We were in the height of lockdown and I, unfortunately, got Covid!!! I remember creating the website in bed at 3 am in quarantine. I started then making TikTok videos, with many going viral, and the orders began to flow in. I quickly ran out of space in my bedroom and took over the whole house at the same time expanding our product range into bamboo fibre lunch boxes and travel cups.

In March 2021 I decided to get into Organic clothing that is fair trade as we don’t agree with the exploitation of workers. All our clothing is made on a wind farm. From there I decided to change the business name to OCEANERA which means “The time of the Ocean” which we are living in now with all the plastic pollution and the climate crisis. At Oceanera we are devoted to reducing the plastic waste that ends up in our oceans. That’s why we now have a range of organic clothing, plastic-free products and all our packaging, is plastic free and compostable. In June we moved into our 1st office which in my spare time I renovated myself with the help of my Dad, I would work all day on the business and at night paint walls and sweep the floors!!!

Now back at school, it’s my first time ever running the business as well as trying to manage 5th year. It isn’t easy, having a schedule and sticking to it really makes the difference! On October 1st we launched our new clothing collection with many custom club deals happening. In the past few months, the business/brand really took off with over 16,500 followers on TikTok.

My message to upcoming SEP participants.:

From day one it’s important to build the business around something you are truly passionate about, because that is what will get you through the tough days, when sales are slow or when everything seems to go wrong. I personally never liked the term ‘mini’ business it already puts an expectation as if it’s not going to be anything big. I always, from day one, thought about my business as a long term project that will hopefully turn into my future career! One thing about my generation is we are not afraid to say what’s wrong with the way things are done and you have all the ability in the world to create something truly remarkable!

More info on this exciting new Irish company is available at oceanera.ie