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Seven schools represented as Laois County Final of virtual Student Enterprise Awards set for this week

The Laois County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards 2021 will take place virtually on Wednesday March 24 at 12pm.

Students from seven secondary schools around Laois are participating in this years event – Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise College, Heywood Community School, St Mary’s CBS, Mountrath Community School, Dunamase College and Clonaslee College.

The Student Enterprise Programme is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland and is run by the Local Enterprise Office.

It helps students to grasp the skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organizing a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media.

Encouraging and promoting an enterprise culture at an early stage is a key objective of Local Enterprise Office Laois and greatly contributes to encouraging young people to choose self employment as a viable option.

The Local Enterprise Office Laois provides significant support to teachers and students involved in the competition and by introducing enterprise to students can only help to create more entrepreneurs in the future.

Typically, the finals would be held in the Midlands Park Hotel with judges visiting each group before announcing their winners.

But due to Covid, things have had to be decided virtually this year.

All groups taking part had to submit a three minute video about their company along with a business booklet – and it is from these that the judges will decide the winners.

The winners will be announced via an online ceremony on the Student Enterprise Facebook and Youtube channels on Wednesday March 24 at 12pm.

Best of luck to all involved!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.