Laois' student entrepreneurs

News Sound moneymaking ideas at the Laois final of the Student Enterprise Awards

Laois' student entrepreneurs

3D printing, a colouring book and a computer game were awarded top prizes at the Laois Local Enterprise Office's county final of the Student Enterprise Awards.

First prize in the senior category was won by 3D Print Studio founder Christopher Carew from Mountrath CS, whose slogan is 'if you dream it I can make it', with 3D photos and customised phone cases a big seller.

His cable protector for iphones will go on sale locally, and Christopher is already making a profit while paying off the 3D machine's cost.

He will now represent Laois at the National Final in Croke Park on April 20.

Second prize went to Luan Fletcher and David Faulkner with their business Quest Run from St Mary's CBS.

Third went to Slieve Bloom Books, by Buddy Adlem, Alan Corbett and Ciaran Moore, CBS for their colouring book of Irish folklore stories, . The team commissioned a student to do the artwork, and had it printed locally.

“We have printed 60 so far and sold 47, making €250 profit,” said Buddy.

The prize for Best Display was jointly awarded to Locker Genius by the Chriost Ri team of Riosin Larkin, Aine O'Neill and Ellen O'Dwyer, and Funky Fusion from St Fergals College, Maire Comerford and Ciara Heffernan.

The Locker group created a tidy to hangs inside lockers, with mirror, clock and timetable, and hope to make a tidy profit when it goes on sale in June to schools in Laois.

The 'Funky' team make beautiful coloured glass fused jewellery, cashing in on the 1916 commemorations with tricolour lapel pins.

The Most innovative had three winners - Eco Fitness from Heywood CS, the team of Eimear Malone, Megan Shiel and Emily Mulhall.

Also winning was Mood Food by Mountrath CS girls Molly Donnery, Aoife Langford and MaryKate Moore, and the Hot Choc Bar from Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington.

In total 26 projects were chosen to exhibit, representing seven Laois schools.

Business lecturer Celine Ryan is competition co-ordinator for Laois LEO.

“There were very practical projects this year. Huge thanks to all the teachers for their support,” she said.