Jack Jordan, a young entrepreneur from Scoil Dara, Kilcock, scooped the county’s Student Enterprise Award title last Friday and will now go on to represent Kildare at the national finals on May 2.
Jack’s mini company, ÉIRElert, created an emergency alert app, which is available for 99c on the Google Play store. The app is a centralised information point for disasters and crises in Ireland, and delivers location-based alerts and information on what to do in a crisis to users.
An estimated 1,700 students from 18 Kildare secondary schools took part in the annual programme locally, and the final was held at Killashee House Hotel in Naas.
Special guests at the Kildare final included former Apprentice star Joanne Sweeney Burke. The event was also attended by Chief Executive of Kildare County Council Mr Peter Carey, Mayor Martin Miley Junior, Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin and several elected representatives, teachers and parents.
“Every year we are blown away by the ideas and the business savvy that these students have acquired at such a young age. They really are a credit to their teachers and school staff who have helped to nurture this talent. The Student Enterprise Programme is growing appeal every year and we hope to see many of these excellent young students coming through the door of their local LEO in the years to come. We wish todays winner all the very best as they go on to represent their county at the National Finals in Croke Park in May,” said the Kildare Local Enterprise Office in a statement.