The Search is on for the student Entrepreneurs

With the new school year underway, the search for Wicklow’s Student Entrepreneurs begins again as the National Student Enterprise Programme for 2019 gets into gear.

The Student Enterprise Programme, co-ordinated nationally by 31 Local Enterprise Office, is the largest programme of its kind, involving over 23,000 students from 620 secondary schools every year. The programme supports second level students as they set up and run their own business. It runs from September to May, with the Wicklow County Final taking place on the 12th March where budding entrepreneurs from 19 participating schools all across the county will showcase their businesses.

Sam Ireland and Dylan Symes of Wild Wicklow Crafts from Colaiste Craobh Amhann, Overall Winners in the Senior Category of the Wicklow Student Enterprise Awards 2018 with; Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, Cllr. Gerry Walsh; Sheelagh Daly, Head of Enterprise. LEO Wicklow.

The winners of the County Final will go on to represent Wicklow at the National Final on the 2nd May in Dublin’s Croke Park, where they will compete with their peers from all over the country to become Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur of the year. Wicklow’s programme is growing every year, with a record 19 schools involved this year.

Annette Rowsome, Business Advisor with the Local Enterprise Office said “Entrepreneurship is the backbone of the economy in County Wicklow and initiatives such as the Student Enterprise Programme are key to fostering a more enterprising culture. I would encourage principals and teachers to get in touch with the Local Enterprise Office on 0404 30800, to find out how they can get”

Schools with wish to take part in the 2018 / 2019 Student Enterprise Programme in September can register now by contacting Serena Bryans, Student Enterprise Co-ordinator at Wicklow Local Enterprise Office on 086 4119200 / #studententerprise / @StudentEntAward @wicklow_sea

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