Students behind Dunopoly amongst the winners at Louth Student Enterprise Awards
The St Mary’s College students behind the Monolopy-themed Dundalk FC game Dunopoly were amongst the prize winners at the Louth Student Enterprise Awards last week.
The popular board game proved a major sales hit before Christmas and earned those behind it first prize in the senior category, where they saw off competition from Coláiste Rís project Stitch in Time.
Those behind Dunopoly will now represent Louth at the National Finals in Croke Park in May together with Intermediate category winner ‘Cute as a Button’ from Dun Lughaidh and Junior category winner ‘Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties’ from Our Lady’s Secondary School Drogheda
Over 200 students attented last week’s awards with Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer winning the Best Environmental Company prize for the ‘Help Bees – Throw Seeds’ company.
Better Bites from De La Salle College in Dundalk won the Best Food Company award while Ultra Clean Caps from Bush Post Primary won the Innovation Award and Klas – 16 from Dun Lughaidh won the Best Team Award.
Best Craft Company went to Pebble Pictures from Bush Post Primary while Ardee Community School’s The Photobooth Company won Best Display Stand.
Cute as a Button from Dun Lughaidh won the Intermediate prize while the Junior prize went to Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties from Our Lady’s College in Drogheda, who pipped Dundalk Grammar School’s Fab Frames to the award.
The Social Media Award went to Bombalicious of Sacred Heart Secondary School in Drogheda while the Social Entrepreneurs Award went to Teen Weelbeen of Dun Lughaidh.
The competition is an exciting and rewarding experience for young people, creating a culture where students think more readily of becoming entrepreneurs and setting up their own business in the future.
It enhances their creativity, improves communication skills and provides practical uses for business studies topics.
Speaking at the event Peggy McGlynn said: “This year saw 52 mini companies from second level schools in the county making it to county final. Companies ranged from a Dundalk FC themed board game to handcrafted medal display packs and personalised pictures using pebbles and twigs in 3D frames. There were animal friendly bowties and bandanas for dogs to bee friendly seed bombs with flower seeds, a music portfolio website to natural mineral based hand blended highlighters.
“There were also high quality original button products to a teen health website and a published Life Skills booklet. Food products included a confectionery company, organically produced seeds and a sole trader manufacturing healthy nutritious homemade snacks.
“We also had a cooler box fitted with UV lights designed to hold sports bottles and sterilise germs & bacteria located on caps of bottles. It was great to see the levels of enterprise and innovation amongst the students. Student Enterprise Awards continues to offer students the opportunity to take a business from the idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management and finally writing a comprehensive report on their activities.
“A big thank you to all the teachers who support and encourage these mini companies year after year and our thanks also to our judges, who are an independent panel of business experts.”