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KCEB Student Awards 2007

WON BY Hands On

Hands On, from Newbridge College, was the overall winner of the Kildare County Enterprise Board Student Awards 2007, sponsored by Osberstown Developments Ltd. Hands On’s project on learning sign language captured the judge’s imagination because of the innovation and enthusiasm displayed by the students. They produced a high quality dvd which teaches basic sign language to primary school children. The awards took place at the Osprey Hotel, Naas, on Wednesday 14th March . Hands on will now represent Kildare at the National finals on 7th May in Tullamore

Hands On


Runner up in the Awards was Smartie Pants from holy Family Secondary School in Newbridge. Teacher Kathleen Tobin was delighted with the achievement and thanked the Kildare County Enterprise Board for all their help & support . Smartie Pants produced a revision book for Junior Cert Students which covers 7 subjects

Bananas on Toast



Other category winners were:

Ardscoil Rath Iomghain claimed the Innovation Award for their company Bananas on Toast who produced a healthy living book for teenagers….
Best Business Report went to Minor Keys from Scoil Mhuire Athy for their cd of local bands.…..
In Da Hood from St Marys Naas won Best Presentation for their display stand and interview with the judges on the evening

Bon Appetit

The Judging panel represented local Kildare business and national management expertise and included Noelle Lalor, Company Secretary, Osberstown Developments Ltd., Charlie Carri, Partner, J.P. Greely & Co Accountants and Blaise Brosnan, Principal, Management Resource Institute, Wexford.

"Kildare County Enterprise Board believes in the importance of stimulating and fostering an enterprise culture amongst second level students to ensure that a spirit of entrepreneurship is inculcated at an early stage. To enourage active participation by as many schools as possible in the county, the Board has committed significant resources towards the provision of mentoring , training and the running of the Enterprise awards.


This year 84 mini companies from 15 schools participated" said Mary Fitzpatrick of Kildare County Enterprise Board.

"The Student Enterprise Awards is a practical initiative aimed at stimulating an enterprise culture among young people which we believe is very important for the continued future growth of their local community. We hope to see the overall Osberstown project as a crucial future part of that community which will deliver commerce to the area, utilize the significant pool of local employee talent, while offering a great quality of life to those who will live there, and enhancing life for those in the surrounding area," said Gerry Prendergast, Partner, Osberstown Developments Ltd.

Hoodie Buddies


The Student Enterprise Awards were introduced in the 2002/03 academic year. Now more than 10,500 student businesses are set up annually in schools all around Ireland.
In Kildare 84 mini companies from 15 schools commenced the programme in September 2006 . The top 18 competed in the Co Final on 14th March


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