Slide It Up representing Co. Leitrim and St Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton win special merit award in the Junior Category of the Student Enterprise Programme. The St Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, 1st year pupils Clive Moffitt (Blacklion), Caoimhin McManus and Matthew Gilmartin (Glencar) developed a tube squeezer as part of a Student Enterprise Competition. The name of their mini company is Slide It Up and they competed in the junior section of the competition against other 1st years from across Ireland. The young tycoons say that their “Slide It Up is an innovative product aimed at helping people conserve products and save money. It is multifunctional and practical and easy to use with most tubes. It’s an ideal accessory for everyone and useful for squeezing the last drop out of toothpaste, creams cosmetics, ointments, lotions, gels, adhesives, hair tints, paints etc out of their tubes. Our product is available in 4 different colours and allows all of our customers to say goodbye to waste. Our product is also aimed to help the 915,000 Irish people living with arthritis to get the last amount from your tubes by people performing the simple task of sliding our product over their tubes”. Slide It Up tube squeezers are stocked in Gilberts Pharmacy in Manorhamilton, Belcoo Pharmacy in Fermanagh and Embodyment Beauty salon in Carrick on Shannon.
The programme, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the LEOs, had a total of 230 teenage entrepreneurs, aged between 13 and 18, from 77 different enterprises, competing at today’s National Final, with every local authority area represented.
This year’s Student Enterprise Programme attracted 23,600 student participants from 480 secondary schools around the country. Starting every September, the enterprise education initiative helps students gain the skills and practical knowledge of running a real-life business.
Congratulating this year’s winners and their schools, Minister Breen said: “Whether it’s generating business ideas, developing markets or selling to customers, students taking part in the Student Enterprise Programme throughout Ireland have consistently shown a passion and flair for business and enterprise. Entrepreneurship is the backbone of the Irish economy and initiatives such as the Student Enterprise Programme are key to developing Ireland’s future enterprising culture. I’d like to congratulate this year’s winning students and schools. I hope their success will inspire more schools to sign-up for the next programme in September through their Local Enterprise Office.”
Sheelagh Daly, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices said: “We have seen over 150,000 students learn how to successfully run a business in the 16 years of the Student Enterprise Programme, thanks to a long-term partnership between local schools and Local Enterprise Offices. The Programme is by far the largest enterprise initiative for schools in the country, and year after year we see brilliant ideas and businesses that not only succeed at school level but that also succeed at national level. Judging by this year’s finalists and winners, the future is bright for Ireland’s entrepreneurs.”
The students have received support from their parents, school and teachers, including business teacher Ms Gallagher and from the Local Enterprise Office in Co Leitrim. Leitrim has had an outstanding record of success at national level with one or more of our county projects achieving awards on an almost annual basis. St Clare’s Comprehensive School has won the top award in 2013 with Squeazy winning the senior title; the school has been awarded 5 awards at national level in the last 6 years.