Enterprise Week 3rd- 7th February 2014

St Fergal’s College held their first ever Enterprise week in February. The aim was to inspire students to be innovative and take a risk to bring an idea to production   

 

Louise Phelan, Vice President of Paypal Global Operations with Students
Louise Phelan, Vice President of Paypal Global Operations with Students

Guest speakers included Louise Phelan, Vice President of Paypal Global Operations,  Kevin Langan from the County Enterprise Board, Paddy O’Connell from “Paddy O’s Granola” and representatives from the local Bank of Ireland: Vivian Rusk and Niall Andrews. Local businesswoman, Elaine Hyland spoke to the girls about women in business and work-life balance.

Paddy O’Connell (Paddy O’S Granola) and students of St. Fergal’s College.
Paddy O’Connell (Paddy O’S Granola) and students of St. Fergal’s College. Paddy is a local entrepreneur based in Cullohill  www.granola.ie
Representatives from the local Bank of Ireland Vivian Rusk and Niall Andrews with students

Representatives from the local Bank of Ireland Vivian Rusk and Niall Andrews with students

Lisa and Niamh at their stand during Enterprise week.
Lisa and Niamh at their stand during Enterprise Week.
The “Tasty Bit” mini company, one of 5 entries from St. Fergal’s College, was awarded a “Highly Commended” Certificate at the recent Student Enterprise Award competition held in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise.

Lisa Bowe and Niamh Coss came up with an innovative way of making the bit (the part of the reins which is in the horse’s mouth) more appealing to the horse. A natural nutritious flavouring to add to a rubber horse-bit which will, in turn, make it easier for the horse to adjust to the bit. Needless to state the recipes are a closely guarded secret!!