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Crossmolina twins hit the mark with their invention


MAKING THEIR MARK 16-year-old twins Sarah, left, and Mary Murphy from the Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Crossmolina with their ‘Make A Mark’ invention, which has won them a place at the 14th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals, which involves 22,000 students from 620 secondary schools nationally. Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Nineteen budding inventors and young entrepreneurs from around the country, including students from Crossmolina have won a place at a week-long Winners’ Bootcamp, as part of the Student Enterprise Awards programme.
Brain-child of the Local Enterprise Offices at councils across the country, the bootcamp is organised by the College of Business and Law at University College Cork in association with the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme and runs all this week.
The local students taking part are twins Mary Murphy and Sarah Murphy from Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey. Their student enterprise is called ‘Make a Mark’ and it was set up to manufacture a single handed applicator gun to help mark sheep with marking fluid.
Throughout the specially-designed programme, the young students will expand their understanding of the business world, gaining new perspectives and accessing expertise from more established entrepreneurs. They’ll also learn more about teamwork, communication skills, market research and business pitching and every student will have their own business mentor for the week.
All nineteen students won their place at the Winners’ Bootcamp, thanks to their involvement in the Student Enterprise Awards Programme, which is co-ordinated in the county by Local Enterprise Office Mayo.
The Student Enterprise Awards is the biggest enterprise programme in the country, involving 22,000 students from 620 secondary schools.
Congratulating the local students on securing a place at the Winners’ Bootcamp this year, John Magee, Acting Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office Mayo said: “As the ‘first stop shop’ for anyone starting a business, the Local Enterprise Office encourages and supports the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Winners’ Bootcamp is an important feature of the overall Student Enterprise Awards programme, which has become the biggest enterprise programme of its kind in the country.”
The teenagers will also have a chance to network with older entrepreneurs at a dinner in their honour on Thursday, hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork.
The Student Enterprise Awards Programme for 2016/2017 gets underway in September with free video resources and school materials available through