DIT team wins place in Newstalk Student Enterprise finals


Matthew Weldon, Stephanie Lawless, Ciara Quinn and Aisling Leonard, winners of the DIT round of the 2010 Newstalk Student Enterprise competition

16th December 2010

Four teams, out of an original 34 entries, made it to the DIT finals of the 2010 Newstalk Student Enterprise competition which took place in Aungier Street last week.  The competition is designed to foster a spirit of enterprise in students and is open to full-time students of all disciplines in the participating colleges.  Using a case study format, it allows participating teams (three or four members) to research real-life companies, giving students the opportunity to focus on real business challenges and solutions.  Cross-disciplinary teams are particularly encouraged.

The DIT final was a hard-fought contest, with each team presenting excellent case studies on the Java Republic Coffee Roasting Company.  The judging panel was chaired by Dr. Katrina Lawlor, Head of the Graduate Business School in DIT and member of the Newstalk Case Study Committee.  She was joined on the panel by Ms Cairin O'Connor, Chief Executive of the Bolton Trust, and Mr. Anthony O'Flanagan, a graduate of marketing in DIT and now marketing executive with Eircom.  The competition was organised in DIT by Richard Heywood Jones.

The winning team – including Matthew Weldon, Stephanie Lawless, Ciara Quinn and Aisling Leonard - will now go on to the national finals of the competition which take place in February 2011 in Tipperary Institute – home of last year's winners.  Teams representing DIT, all Institutes of Technology, and the National College of Ireland, will take part in the semi-final stages Sunday 6th February.  The competition final will take place on Monday 7th February, with the winning team being announced that day.

Competition at the national finals will be tough, not least because the overall prize for the winners is a two-week study trip to the Caribbean where the students will shadow senior executives of telecommunications company, the Digicel Group, sponsored by Group Chairman, Denis O'Brien.

Congratulating all of the DIT competitors, Richard Heywood Jones congratulated Matthew, Stephanie, Ciara and Aisling and their group coach, Dr. Paul Donnelly, and on behalf of everyone in DIT, wished them every success in the next stage of the competition.  Perhaps we will be wishing them bon voyage in the new year!


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