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1 March 2016

Monaghan Students Continuing Enterprise Culture


Secondary school students from all over County Monaghan are gearing up to compete in the County Student Enterprise Awards, to take place on 3rd March in the Four Season Hotel. The winning team will represent County Monaghan in the national finals in April.

The participating students have been learning how to be enterprising by participating in the Student Enterprise Programme, coordinated by Monaghan’s Local Enterprise Office. Beginning last September, students have learned how to set up and run their own businesses.

The programme is designed to give students practical experience of running a business. During the business development process students face the challenges that occur in business across the country every day from idea generation to creating initial funds, working with a team, and learning how to market their products and generate sales. 

The programme is part of Monaghan County Council’s and Monaghan LEOs actions to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in the county.  It is hoped that taking part in this real life experience will encourage more students to consider entrepreneurship in the future.  The programme is being delivered in 9 schools in the county.

The schools participating in the county finals are Patrician High School, Inver College Carrickmacross, Monaghan Collegiate, Castleblayney College, Our Lady’s Secondary School, St Macartin’s Monaghan, Ballybay Community College, Coláiste Oiriall and Beech Hill College.

This year the judging panel is made up of Martin McVicar of Combilift, Dr Cecilia Hegarty of Plato EBR and Eamonn Callaghan. 

Students are currently designing their business exhibition stand for the competition, having already submitted a detailed business plan will face the pitch panel during the awards final.

For further details on the Student Enterprise Awards log onto or contact Blaithin O Reilly, Enterprise Development on 047-71818

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