Mayo Student Enterprise News 2016

It’s been a big, big year for the Mayo Student Enterprise Awards, with three groups making the trip to Croke Park to compete in the National Student Enterprise Finals 2015/16, and none of them leaving empty-handed!

Back in September, in almost every school around the county, over 1,100 formed groups to embark on their enterprise journeys and start their own businesses. With the support of their teachers, schools, Moy Valley Resources and the Mayo Local Enterprise Office, their businesses came to life. Students competed firstly in the regional finals, then the county final in Ballina.

Once the county final was finished these students and their respective support groups continued to work on their businesses and maximise sales for the National Finals held in Croke Park, Wednesday 20th April 2016.  They put a lot of work and effort into their individual enterprises before the big day.

Mayo Student Enterprise – National Winners

Third Place Senior Category – Make a Mark from Gortnor Abbey Secondary School

Mary and Sarah Murphy’s company sells hand-held guns for applying marking fluid to sheep, and the project was supported by their teacher,  Taryn Kelly. This innovative product went down a storm with the judges, as did Mary and Sarah’s knowledge and enthusiasm.

Make a mark Mayo Student Enterprise

Photo credit: Mark Stedman, Photocall Ireland.

As a result of their placing, the sisters were offered two places on the five-day Business Bootcamp organised by the Local Enterprise Offices which takes place in state of the art venues at University College Cork 30th May to 4th June. The five day boot camp will feature a range of interactive enterprise workshops from highly experienced trainers to help students further develop their business ideas.

Junior IP Awareness Award 2016 – Story of my Life” from Ballyhaunis Community School

This enterprise was made up of five young gentlemen: Merlin Pearson, Jason Reinhardt, Joshua Webb, Kevin Durkin and Cian Walsh, supported by their teacher, Bernie Osgood.  The product was a diary covering a 50 year span over 350 pages.  This prize is awarded by the Patents Office  to the student enterprise whose Business Report demonstrates the best awareness, understanding and inclusion of Intellectual Property (IP) in their business and business planning.

Mayo Student Enterprise Story of my Life

Photo credit: Mark Stedman, Photocall Ireland.

Intermediate IP Awareness Award – “Melting Moments” from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet

Aoife Gethings and Dawn Worth, supported by their teacher Lisa Blake sold scented melting wax balls, and their understanding of the importance of intellectual property won them this significant award. Aoife and Dawn ensured that the technology that they used in the product and the promotional literature did not infringe on anybody else’s rights, ensuring their success and winning the award.

Mayo Student Enterprise Melting Moments

Photo credit: Mark Stedman, Photocall Ireland.

Congratulations to all three groups – each teacher, school, parent, family and friend is so proud of these students and their accomplishments.  Moy Valley Resources, and in particular, Student Enterprise Co-ordinator Jacqui Kinsella and business mentor Peter Hopkins who supported all three groups have only been delighted to work with these students throughout the Mayo Student Enterprise journey and will continue to support the students with their businesses should they wish into the future.