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Books AND gaming both have place with student entrepreneurs

Feeling down about the future of this country? These enterprising students give us a sense of hope…

THE WINNERS OF the Student Enterprise Awards show that the nation’s young entrepreneurs can happily imagine both the traditional and the technological take a place in their future.

The winners of the senior category had as their idea a fun game called ‘Squeazy’ – based on a classic science experiment – but also shortlisted in that category was a video gaming business called Social Gamers, which aimed to produce video gaming events. The winners in the intermediate category and junior category both had book ideas as their entrepreneurial bid – one is a science book, called Boom Book, which used materials you might find about the house; the other is the Chook Books, a series of books about keeping hens.

Read about some of the winning ideas and be inspired…

Seniors

1st place: Squeazy (supported by Leitrim County Enterprise Board).

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A quality game experience developed from the classic science experiment, ‘Cartesian Diver’.

Designed by Matthew Hewston, Fergus Munday and Luke Sheridan at St Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

2nd place: Sweet Tooth (supported by Wexford County Enterprise Board).

Succulent range of Irish handmade artisan chocolates.

From Joanna Murphy Sutton at Presentation Secondary School, Co Wexford.

3rd place: Social Gamers (supported by Kerry County Enterprise Board).

Production of video gaming events.

Idea by Marsell Fazilov, Davin Barrett and Imed Abnoun at CBS Tralee, Co Kerry.

Intermediate

1st place: The Boom Book (supported by Offaly County Enterprise Board).

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Science experiment book for 5-12 year olds that uses materials found around the house.

From Shauna Bannon Ward and Samantha Brennan at Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co Offaly.

2nd place: Eco Style (supported by Dublin City Enterprise Board).

Eco-friendly personalised canvas bags.

Designed by Aine Murray and Kaitlin Murray at Our Lady of Mercy College, Dublin.

3rd place: Lil’ Shopper (supported by Cavan County Enterprise Board).

Whiteboard with velcro stick-on pictures that helps parents keep their children occupied while they shop, or as an aid to help children with disabilities to communicate.

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Designed by Caoimhe Marie O’Reilly at Loreto College, Cavan.

Juniors

1st place: Chook Books (supported by Tipperary South Enterprise Board).

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Series of books about keeping hens.

Designed by Andrew Butler and Martina O’Reilly at CBS High School, Clonmel.

2nd place: Comfort Crutch (supported by Fingal County Enterprise Board).

Cushion that makes crutches less painful on your hands.

Designed by Sean Capper at Skerries Community College.

3rd place: Tweetech (supported by Sligo County Enterprise Board).

Manufacture and sale of bird boxes with wireless inbuilt camera.

Designed by Paddy Bird (yes, really), James Devaney, Michael Donaghy, Callum O Domhnaill and Michael Kilcoyne, all from Sligo Grammar School.

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