Twelve student enterprises have received a special award acknowledging their 'excellence in enterprise', from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Department of Education and Skills on Marlborough Street in Dublin. The Seán Lemass Award for Excellence in Enterprise was presented to student entrepreneurs who received top prizes at one of two national student enterprise programmes; the Student Enterprise Awards, organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards and the Transition Year Mini Company "Get Up And Go" Programme, run by the Transition Year Programme under the auspices of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST).
A 17 year-old entrepreneur from Wicklow, producing hand-painted glass baubles picturing local and national landmarks, was awarded top prize at the 10th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on Wednesday, April 18th in Croke Park. Ciara Whooley of 'Irish Baubles' from St. David's Secondary School in Greystones, won the Senior Category at the County and City Enterprise Boards' student enterprise programme, which is biggest competition of its kind in the country.
A record number of Irish student entrepreneurs have signed up to the 10th Annual Student Enterprise Awards, according to the organisers at the County and City Enterprise Boards. 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the first Student Enterprise Awards National Final and since last September, 16,647 budding entrepreneurs from 387 secondary schools have been researching, setting up and running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and local Enterprise Boards.
University College Dublin (UCD) has announced that 5 new spin-out companies were established in 2011 to commercialise the output of UCD research programmes. This brings to 19 the total number of UCD spin-outs incorporated in the last 5-years. The 5 new spin-outs are involved in diverse activities including; energy management [Belfield Technologies and Wattics]; ultra-violet light sources and optics for the semi-conductor industry [New Lambda Technologies]; pharmaceutical processing technologies [APC]; and specialist construction risk assessment and management [BRAM].