STUDENTS from Coláiste Éamann Rís, Callan scooped two awards for Kilkenny at the National Student Enterprise Programme Final.
Nathan Ryan won first place at intermediate level in a new pilot competition My Entrepreneurial Journey.
Nathan impressed judges with his imaginative account of his future life as a self-made businessman and his grasp of the likely ups and downs of running a business having researched the area and interviewed a real-life local entrepreneur.
Nathan’s interviewed Morgan Ging, Ballykeefe Distillery.
The school had further success with twin brothers Mark and Evan Srouji winning a Special Merit Award in the Intermediate Category of the main Student Enterprise Programme competition with their high-quality hand-made Bee and Bug Houses.
Other entrepreneurial students who represented Kilkenny were April Walsh, Duiske College, Graig with her business Artistic Adventures as well as Rosa White, Aly Cantwell and Ella Cantwell from St Brigid’s College, Callan with their business Phone Essential.”
The virtual National Final was hosted by RTE’s Rick O’Shea and Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador, Josh Van Der Flier, also spoke by video link.
Kilkenny’s finalists were amongst 85 student enterprises competing. The initiative is funded by the Government through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, with close to 26,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools across the country taking part.
Fiona Deegan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny said it was never more important in business to be adaptable and to rise to the challenge.
“Our local finalist did Kilkenny proud. Seven entrepreneurs from three Kilkenny schools competed on behalf of Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny.”