Three groups of thrilling teenage entrepreneurs will showcase the best and brightest young minds of Galway at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Final next month.
Students from Salerno Secondary School in Salthill, Dunmore Community School, and Seamount College in Kinvara came out on top in the recent Galway finals from among hundreds of students around the county.
They will go head to head with approximately 80 finalist teams in the Student Enterprise Programme national final taking place virtually on May 14.
In the Junior Category, the students representing Galway at the National Final are Go Green Now from Salerno Secondary School, Salthill.
Go Green Now was created by six Salerno students selling eco-friendly oak tree kits for people to create a long-lasting legacy and support the spread of one of Ireland’s most iconic native plants.
In the Intermediate Category, Locked Socks from Dunmore Community College will be representing the county at the Final.
Locked socks are a perfect little widget for people plagued by socks that seem to resent each other and like to go walkabout and get lost on their own.
In the Senior Category of the competition, Galway will be represented by Pallet Bros of Seamount College, Kinvara.
Pallet Bros is the brainchild of Transition Year students from Seamount College who are recycling old wooden pallets into a range of goods for sale, the latest of which were their Spring range of boxes houses/feeders and flower boxes.
Breda Fox of LEO Galway congratulated the students involved in these enterprises, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Galway. Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck on Friday 14th, we’ll all be logged on to support them.”
“In what has been a particularly challenging year for students the programme has offered them an outlet outside of the usual school demands. What our students are learning from the programme is that with the right supports and encouragement, they can take an idea from the classroom and develop it into a real-life business.”
“The skills they learn along the way, such as business planning, market research, selling and team-work, will help them become more entrepreneurial throughout their future careers”.