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.
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.
Google today welcomed 20 of Ireland's leading Startups to its EMEA HQ to participate in a 90 day programme of mentoring sessions with Google Ireland's Startup Support Teams. "This is the second year of our Adopt a Startup Programme where we work with young, entrepreneurial Irish companies to help them hone their digital skills so they are strongly positioned to succeed in the digital economy. The companies which participated last year have all taken the skills developed during the mentoring programme back into their companies and are executing digital strategies to develop their businesses," said Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ireland's Startup programme.
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.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, has announced details of the new start-up businesses to which Enterprise Ireland directly committed investment and supported in 2014. The impact of these new start-ups is felt right across all regions in Ireland and across a wide range of business sectors including software and services, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, cleantech, engineering, food and consumer products.