Secondary school students across Carlow have their eyes on a Croke Park Final in May

Students from eleven secondary schools in Carlow are taking part

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Secondary school students across Carlow have their eyes on a Croke Park Final in May as the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Programme for 2018/2019 was launched this week.

Students from eleven secondary schools in Carlow are taking part in this year’s Student Enterprise Programme that was launched this week by Pat Breen, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.

Rugby star Josh Van Der Flier - who is Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador for this year - also took part in the launch. 

Ireland’s largest second level business 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 26,000 students from 512 secondary schools across the country take part in 2018.

The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Finals in Croke Park on May 3.  

Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise at Carlow County Council Local Enterprise Office said: "The Student Enterprise Programme is designed to engage and develop students’ entrepreneurial drive.

"It gives them a flavour of business and the opportunity to bring some of their fantastic ideas to life.

The 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities across the country work closely with the schools but it’s the enthusiasm of the students that shines though along with some amazing ideas.

"We have seen so many students through the programme that continue their business in the years after the programme and that’s a testament to the work of the teachers involved and the programme itself."

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003 over 175,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business.

The Student Enterprise Programme also has a new website for 2018/2019 at www.StudentEnterprise.ie, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.

For further information on the Student Enterprise Programme for 2018 / 2019 contact Local Enterprise Office Carlow on enterprise@carlowcoco.ie or log on to www.StudentEnterprise.ie.

For more information on Local Enterprise Office programmes and initiatives supporting enterprise log on to www.LocalEnterprise.ie