Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Wexford Student Enterprise Programme Awards, held in association with the Wexford Enterprise Centre which were announced recently following a live-streamed awards presentation. Approximately 860 students from 16 post-primary schools across County Wexford took part in the annual programme this year.
The three winning student entrepreneurs hail from Bridgetown College, Wexford CBS, and St Mary’s Secondary School, New Ross and will represent Co. Wexford at the Student Enterprise Programme National Final on Friday, May 14. Once again, this year’s National Final will take place online, with approximately 80 teams logging in from all over Ireland.
Lauren Williams from Bridgetown College won the Senior Category with her company ‘Irish Sea Mist’. Lauren produced her own sea-based natural ingredient face mists which have sold very well for the young entrepreneur. In the Intermediate Category, Evan Dwyer from Wexford CBS won for his handmade candles and soaps, ‘Evan’s Handmade Gifts’. The Junior Category was won by twins Grace and Issy Walsh from in St Mary’s Secondary School, New Ross. The sisters produced and sold a fun Wexford-themed card matching game called ‘2 Peas in a Pod’. In total, 24 trophies were awarded to different student mini-companies from across County Wexford.
The very first Student Enterprise Awards Programme in the country was established in 1994 by Wexford Enterprise Association and Wexford County Enterprise Board, now known as Wexford Local Enterprise Office. Since 2003, this successful enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 29,000 students from just under 500 secondary schools across the country take part last year. The program supports students to create, design and market their own business as well as learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business.
Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated.
Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from www.studententerprise.ie and by searching #studententerprise and #WexfordSEP on social media.