The top awards at this year's Student Enterprise Awards National Finals have gone to enterprising teens from Offaly, South Dublin and North Cork. Co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices across Ireland, the 13th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park saw 300 student entrepreneurs showcase 74 different businesses, across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories. 17,000 students from 370 schools take part in the programme every year.
Formula One marketing expert Mark Gallagher, Joe.ie founder Niall McGarry and entrepreneur Brody Sweeney have been confirmed to speak at Momentum Summit, a one day business conference taking place in Aviva Stadium on Friday 15th May. Over 300 people will attend the Summit, which will provide delegates with key learnings, advice and insights from some of the sharpest minds from the worlds of business and sport. Also speaking on the day will be Google's Serena Lawless, IEDR chief executive David Curtin, and Ciaran Crean of Mick's Garage.
The Smart Business Show is sponsored by Vodafone Ireland and takes place in the RDS in Dublin on April 22nd and 23rd and is the first event of its kind in Ireland. The aim of the show is to help businesses connect, network, and create opportunities with new suppliers and thousands of potential customers as well as discover smarter ways of doing business.
Some of Ireland's brightest teenage entrepreneurs were in the capital this week, ahead of the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on April 22nd. Their real-world businesses include the "Duffily Bag" from Desmond College in Limerick, a new type of waterproof sleeping bag for outdoor use; "Holly's Pets Patisserie" from Sutton Park School in Fingal, which are handmade nutritional treats for dogs and "GiftGro" from Newbridge College in Kildare, which are 'grow it yourself' gift kits.
The deadline for this year's Digital Boost initiative from eircom Business Solutions has been extended from 31st March to 30th April. This is the second and final round for the incredibly popular programme, which provides support for Irish SMEs to enhance their online presence. €100,000 funding remains available to share between the winners, part of the €250,000 seed fund designed to offer tangible assistance to the SME community in four key areas: business mobility; digital training; sales and marketing; and business productivity.
Kodaline, who are currently on their UK and European Tour, took time out of their busy schedule to announce details for the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals, which take place in Dublin in April. Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every county, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind and two members of Kodaline, the lead singer, Steve Garrigan, and lead guitarist, Mark Prendergast, set up their own student enterprise ten years ago, selling music lessons. The group are all past-pupils of participating schools.