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.
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.
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.
The Fingal Local Enterprise Office has announced the judging panels for the biggest regional student enterprise event in the country – the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards on March 12th, which is supported by the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board. The final countdown is underway for 'Judgement Day', which will see student entrepreneurs from twenty secondary schools and eight primary schools compete for a share of the €15,000 prize fund at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown, hosted by RTE's Rick O' Shea.