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.
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.
LloydsPharmacy issued its last call for entries today to its New Business Clinic 2015. The business clinic is an exciting opportunity for Irish health and beauty companies to market their products in LloydsPharmacy stores across the country. The LloydsPharmacy New Business Clinic will allow Irish companies producing health and beauty products to showcase their products to LloydsPharmacy representatives, Ireland's largest pharmacy group, and compete to have their product marketed and sold in its 87 stores across Ireland.
One of the hardest parts about becoming an entrepreneur or small business owner is figuring out how to manage finances. We've written before about how to actually finance your business, which involves managing equity, accumulating debts and loans, etc. All of this is meant for when the business is just getting started, and any cash flow is directed into making it happen. But what happens when a business is actually off the ground and begins to profit?
Ged Nash TD, Minister of State for Business and Employment, has today launched the 2015 national third level student SPARK Social Enterprise Awards. The SPARK Social Enterprise Awards are the product of collaboration involving Social Care Practice lecturers working at DIT, IT Sligo and IT Tralee. The competition, now in its second year, is open to accountancy, business studies, early childhood care in education and social care practice students attending 10 Institutes of Technology. The Awards are intended to facilitate, recognize and reward creativity and innovation among students working on a diverse range of social issues.