Friday, September 16, 2022

Rosie Dunne and Jim Woods of Carlow LEO along with cathaoirleach Brian O’Donoghue


SCHOOLS across Carlow are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Student Enterprise Programme.

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, the country’s largest enterprise programme for second-level students begins its 21st year and over 300,000 students have taken part since it began.

Every year, around 25,000 students take part from almost 500 schools all across the country, competing in the junior, intermediate and senior categories. Participants learn how to create and run their own business, picking up key skills along the way such as ideation, marketing, finance and sales and it’s open to all secondary schools. Recent ambassadors for the programme have included Derval O’Rourke, Josh Van Der Flier and Limerick All-Ireland winner Sean Finn.

The programme is open to all secondary school students from first-year through to sixth-year.

Carlow has had success over the years, most recently with Cian Campion of ‘Campion Cutz’ from St Mary’s Knockbeg College, who received a best endeavour award ‒ senior category.

Speaking about the programme, Jim Woods, business advisor of Carlow LEO said:  “Having a good grasp of business will stand to someone at any age and in any profession and that’s why the Student Enterprise Programme is such a great initiative by the Local Enterprise Office Carlow. The programme empowers students with the knowledge of how a business works at an early age and the thousands of students who participate will take that with them into their careers.”

Carlow’s cathaoirleach Brian O’Donoghue added: “The Student Enterprise Programme is one of the most beneficial activities that students can involve themselves in at secondary school.  The business skills learned from business ideas and research into sales and marketing are skills students can use throughout their career and the ability to set up and run a business will always be an invaluable asset to have.”

Carlow’s student enterprise programme coordinator Rosie Dunne spoke of the impact the programme could have on students.

“Today’s students are increasingly aware of their role in societal development and the part played by businesses in such development. By encouraging their entrepreneurial and innovative skills, students are enabled to shape their futures, to create new opportunities and to play their part in solving many of the issues facing society today.

“The Student Enterprise Programme provides students with a great opportunity to explore what difference they can make and every year sees creative young minds bringing new thinking to all areas of business, be it innovative design, new software or some other new idea.”

The Student Enterprise Programme also has a new range of online resources for 2022/2023 at, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of student enterprise resources for students and teachers.

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