The IPOI attends the Student Enterprise Awards in the Helix

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L-R: Claire O'Reilly, Intellectual Property Office of Ireland, Mr Leo Varadkar TD, Tánaiste & Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Intermediate prize winner from Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon and Michael Nevin, Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee of the Local Enterprise Offices

The Student Enterprise Programme is an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland. It is Ireland's largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 26,000 second level students taking part each year. This year also marks the landmark 20th anniversary of this programme for budding innovators and entrepreneurs which has become an integral part of the school curriculum. 

A winner in each of three categories from each regional/county final, goes forward to compete at the National Final for the 'Student Enterprise of the Year' awards which were held on 18 May in the Helix, Dublin this year. Special Guest was Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. The IPOI were delighted to attend this event in person this year and are proud to continue to sponsor prizes in each category for the students who have displayed an understanding of the importance of intellectual property when establishing and running their business. 

This year's winners of the Intellectual Property Awards were:

Junior  -“Roley Poley"Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co Kerry

Intermediate -"Cattle Trailer Safety Bar" Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, Co Roscommon

Senior -“Pole Pals" Boherbue Comprehensive School, Mallow, Co Cork

Congratulations to all who took part and to all prize-winners!