April 16, 2021
Business News

Kilkenny’s future business leaders to represent county at national awards

The next generation of Kilkenny’s business geniuses have been chosen to represent the county in this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Final.

Three projects have been selected all aiming to be the Collison brothers (Stripe Payments) of Kilkenny.

More than 540 students from across Kilkenny put their enterprising plans forward for the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) run competition. Some 80 of these made it through to the final judging panel this week.

Three projects from this group have been selected to go forward and represent Kilkenny at the national finals.

The winners of the Junior category are Noah Cahill, Ian McDonald and Thomas Deegan from Coláiste Éamann Rís, Callan. Their business ‘Parcel Trust’ manufactures high-quality secure outdoor storage boxes designed particularly with online deliveries in mind.

Tara McGuire of Presentation Secondary School won the Senior Category with her mini-company ‘Slates by Tara’. Tara’s business sells decorative hand painted artwork on 100-year-old recycled Blue Bangor slates.

Rachel Brennan of Loreto Secondary School came out on top of the ‘Most Creative Business Idea’ with her Covid-19 related business“Counting after Covid”.  Rachel’s idea involved the development of customised framed money box containing imagery to motivate people to save for trips, adventures, and other activities after the Covid pandemic eases.

The Student Enterprise Programme National Finals take place on Friday, May 14. As with last year’s event, the final will take place virtually with teams logging in from all over the country.

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