Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Second year students from Portlaoise College Oisin Grundy and Mosa Hafeez after winning their awards at the all-Ireland Student Enterprise Programme are pictured with college Principal Noel Daly.

 

By Joe Barrett

Students from Portlaoise College took home six awards in this year’s the annual county Student Enterprise Programme while two went on to the all-Ireland stages of the competition and took home awards.

The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 26,000 second level students taking part each year.

This year 427 students from seven schools took part in the Laois Enterprise Awards. Portlaoise College came out winners in six out of the seven categories. These winners, with the support of the Local Enterprise Office Laois, represented Laois in the National Finals.

Second year students from the college Oisin Grundy and Mosa Hafeez triumphed in the all-Ireland National Student Enterprise finals.

Oisin was the overall Winner in the Junior Creative Video competition where he came up with the innovative idea of designing a water bottle that can change the flavour of your water. While Mosa was placed second in the Intermediate Entrepreneurial Journey Competition. Mosa created a social media app that censors advertising.

The programme runs from September to May each year. Students get to do everything a real-life entrepreneur would do from coming up with the business idea to marketing, sales and preparing a business plan.

Portlaoise College Principal Noel Daly said: “Well done to Mosa and Oisin on their outstanding success in this prestigious student business competition. Congratulations also to Business teachers Michelle Duggan and James Harvey for their continuous mentoring, encouragement and support of our enterprise students”

“The skills that our students learn from participating in this competition such as business planning, market research, selling and team-work, will help them become more entrepreneurial throughout their future careers.”

 

 

 

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