Desmond College’s Entrepreneurs of the Future

The Transition Year students from Desmond College have attended two mini company competitions in recent weeks. Four mini company groups travelled to the Vienna Hotel in Cork to take part in the “Get up and Go” Transition Year Competition.

The four mini companies were:

  • “Funky Frames”
  • “West Limerick Secret Millionaire”
  • “Chimney Turbine”
  • “Calving Jackers”.

On the day of the competition, students spoke to various judges and explained their business concepts, the marketing campaigns they undertook to promote their businesses and the financial accounts of their companies.

The students were successful in winning two categories:

  • 1st prize for Sustainability with the “Chimney Turbine”
  • 3rd prize for Innovation with the “Calving Jackers”


The following week the students took part in the Limerick County Enterprise Board Competition in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. On this day, six groups travelled from Desmond College.

This initiative is designed to encourage students to take a business idea from market research and follow through to production. Students also gained experience in selling and record keeping management. Finally, they had to write a comprehensive business plan detailing their activities. These groups competed in the senior category along with “Timpeallacht” who cleverly devised an alternative repellent to Wasps.

The “Calving Jackers” won best innovative product while “The Slurry Wise” competed in the Intermediate category. They also won this category and will now proudly represent Limerick County Enterprise Board at the National Final in Croke Park on the 19th of April.

Best of Luck to all!

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