The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen T.D. congratulated the winners of the Sean Lemass Awards for Enterprise as he presented the awards to the top three winners. The winners were selected from both the Student Enterprise Awards, organised by the County/City Enterprise Boards and the Transition Year Mini-Company Get Up and Go competitions, organised by the Second Level Support Service funded by the Department of Education and Skills.
The introduction of the Sean Lemass Award reflects a commitment in the Government strategy Building Ireland's Smart Economy: A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal to raise the profile of these competitions and encourage more second level students to participate in enterprise programmes.
It also commemorates the role of Sean Lemass in promoting Ireland's industry and developing its infrastructure. He was instrumental in founding Bord na Móna, Aer Lingus and Irish Shipping and did much to establish Ireland as an open enterprising and modern economy.
The Student Enterprise Award and the Mini-Company Get up and Go competitions both require students to generate a business idea, research it, produce the product or service, market it, prepare costings and accounts and a business report. They must also prepare an exhibition stand and undertake an interview about their work. The award winners have taken part in county/regional contests and national events, and have faced tough competition to reach the stage where the top 3 winners from both competitions are sent forward to receive the Sean Lemass Award for Enterprise.
In presenting the award, the Taoiseach said :-
"From turkey farming to interactive whiteboards, student revision dividers to an environmental board game, a music CD to a device which stops your earphones from getting tangled, these students have demonstrated how a business idea can be brought through to production, supported by the planning, research, marketing and accounting that brought it all to reality. The skills of teamwork, research, planning, marketing, communications, evaluation and business acumen have all been brought together to demonstrate what enterprise is all about.
I know that this experience will equip you to be entrepreneurs and leaders in the future. I know also that you have demonstrated the knowledge skills and attributes that Ireland needs, and will continue to need into the future if we are to become an innovation island."
Each of the six projects were awarded the Sean Lemass Enterprise trophy for their school,and each student received an individual certificate. Details of the award recipients and their projects are overleaf. Those who came first in the national Student Enterprise and Mini-company competitions also receive a prize of an educational trip for the group to Barcelona, with their teachers, later in the year.
Speaking at the event, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Sean Haughey T.D.,
My sincere congratulations to the winners of the Sean Lemass Award for Enterprise, and my thanks to their parents and teachers who have supported them to become budding entrepreneurs. You have translated your ideas into action, and into viable businesses. This is the hallmark of enterprise and innovation."
Recipients of the Sean Lemass Awards for Enterprise 2010
First Place – CEB Student Enterprise Awards
Presentation College Carlow
Students: Stephen O Callaghan, Hugo Hughes Doherty, Michael Stapleton, Paul Heffernan, Paul Farrell.
Teacher : Christina O Sullivan
Principal : Ray Murray
Rap-it is a device that prevents I-Pod and I-Phone earphones from getting tangled, that also acts as a keyring. The five students from Presentation Carlow came up with the unique idea of Rap-it after repeatedly damaging or breaking their expensive earphones. The target market for the product is young males and females aged 12-21 years who own MP3 players, gym users, and people who commute to work or school. Students manufactured the product themselves using "Denford Laser CAD 2D.” Each unit sells for €2 and to date students have made a profit of €465. While running their mini-company students promoted Rap-it by hanging posters in the school and setting up social networking websites.They also appeared on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy in April 2010.
First place - Transition Year Mini-company Get up and Go
Fuelled by Music
Loreto College Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Students: Helen Lafferty, Eilish Boyce, Lauren Bianconi, Katie Donaghy, Ciara Gallen, Rebecca Tan
Teacher : Mairead Boyle, Siobhan Kelly
Principal : Susan Kenny
About Fuelled by Music
A successful company from Loreto, Letterkenny, they produced a high quality CD, which cost in excess of €2,500 to produce. They held auditions in the school to feature the most talented ten singers who would feature on their high quality CD. After a successful launch, raising over €3000 they raised sufficient funds to pay the Recording Studio. Due to the phenomenal success they then staged a larger concert in their local theatre and decided to produce a DVD of the live concert which also has been extremely successful. They have featured on Ice - RTE2, Newstalk and have featured numerous times in both local radio and local newspapers. An extremely successful company with a profit of €3,500 and figures continuing to grow.
The students above have won an educational trip to Barcelona with their teacher which will take place later this year. These students, and those named in the projects below are all recipients of the Sean Lemass Award for Enterprise 2010.
St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall, Dublin 9
Students: Matthew Walsh, Niall O’Donnell, Lorcan Murphy, Lee Elliot, Kevin Hogan, Jamie Wheelan
Teacher: Aiden Lynch
TY Co-Ordinator: Noel Duffy
Principal: James Reynolds
About Precision Products
An innovative company from St Aidan's, Whitehall responded to recessionary times by offering the ideal affordable interactive whiteboard. They produce and sell the equipment and technology needed to create an affordable interactive white board. They can turn any wall or ordinary whiteboard into an interactive screen. The basic product concept is by using an infrared pen, Wii controller, laptop, data projector and computer software, they are able to create an interactive whiteboard. Interestingly they produce the innovative Infrared pen using recycled whiteboard markers and install it with some electronic equipment. They also designed and manufactured a Wii stand out of Perspex. For less than €200 you can have this innovative interactive whiteboard, which normally costs thousands.
Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant, Co. Cork
Students: Cormac Colton, Riain Jones, Caroline O’Connell,
Jenny Foley, Oliver White, Neil O’Callaghan
Teacher(s): Anne-Marie Flavin, Celine Cronin
Principal: Gerry Kelly
About Fowl Play
Fowl Play is a mini-agricultural company formed by Transition Year students at
Coláiste Mhuire in Buttevant, Co. Cork. The objective of the company is to provide
a unique turkey rearing service in North Cork. As part of their project students reared
a total of 25 turkeys for the 2009 Christmas market. They promoted the business by
distributing flyers, posters and getting celebrity endorsements from the likes of Darina
Allen. Students gained a wealth of media coverage for their student enterprise and appeared on RTE 6 o'clock news, 9 o'clock news, Newstalk radio station, Farmers’ Journal and the Farm News. As part of their project students constructed a shed at the school to house the turkeys and looked after feeding them and cleaning the shed on a daily basis. They also needed to adhere to strict health and safety regulations. The team plan to diversify and possibly expand into areas such as geese rearing, free-range chicken rearing and organic vegetables.
St. Mary's CBS, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Students: Eoghan Delaney, Colin Delaney, Patrick Conroy, Adrian Doyle, Jamie Dowling, James Nerney
Teacher(s): Pauline Mc Cormack
Vice Principal: Richard Quillinan
A professional company from CBS Portlaoise, they produced innovative dividers for folders. Their product is a set of colourful dividers, which contain revision notes for the French Junior Certificate. They are colourful, innovative easy to follow and ensure revision is enjoyable. The students had to do extensive research in terms of content and design. They used an iMac computer to enhance designs and decided to ensure quality to print the dividers professionally. After the success of the French dividers they decided to expand into other subject areas. They now offer a Business divider and hope to branch into other subject areas in the future.
Scoil Mhuire Clane Co Kildare
Students: Katie Meldrum, Danielle Dullahan, Kelsey Cribbin, Donal Keogh, Megan Maguire, Mia Donnelly.
Teachers : Denise Farrell.
Principal : Padraig Nolan
About Planet Saverz
Planet Saverz is an interactive DVD and board game that aims to raise awareness about the environment. The objective of the game is to cross the globe by answering mulitiple choice questions on the environment, and move a counter on "carbon footprints" printed on a map of the world. The winner is the first players to arrive at the South Pole. The game is designed for children aged 8+, and can be played by up to 6 players. The price of the board game is €19.99. Planet Saverz is also a study aid for Junior Certificate Science, Geography and Civic Social and Political Education on global warming and climate change. To date a total of 20 games have been sold and students plan to sell the product through local shops including Smyths toy store. Students have set up a website at www.planetsaverz.net