STUDENTS from three County Limerick schools who have used their innovative flair to come up with three bright business ideas will enter the Dragon’s Den in the new year.
Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock, Salesian Secondary College in Pallaskenry and Desmond College, Newcastle West are among 20 schools nationwide set to present to the RTE Dragons.
Students from Desmond College, Newcastle West will feature on the programme with their business idea F21-D screen wash.
“The uniqueness of it is really the fact that it is Irish made,” explained Donal Enright, business teacher at the school. “The very fact that it is Irish-made means that it’s not being imported and it will potentially lead to jobs in the country,” he added.
In an effort to make the product appeal to Irish customers, it is specifically designed to treat the effects of very cold weather and temperatures as low as -20. Stephen Brosnan and Tom Flavin are fronting the business venture on behalf of the transition year students who are all shareholders in the company.
Students from Salesian Secondary College in Pallaskenry will feature their innovative app which is designed to teach users sign language so they can communicate with deaf people.
The mini company responsible for the clever idea is Sign4Life – which is made up of five, 17-year-old, transition year students.
The app is aimed at the parents, teachers, friends and family of the deaf, and also anyone interested in communicating using sign language. Over 60 videos have been uploaded to the app to assist with the learning experience.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for the students,” said Paddy O’Neill, school principal. “They have met lots of people through the competition. It has been a life-changing event for the students really”. The Sideline team from Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock have also been selected to appear on the programme.
Sideline, a company set up by transition year students in the school, has invented the 12-PAC, a hurley storage bag which has become a must-have for GAA clubs.
“The students came up with the idea of a hurley bag based on a make-up set, believe or not,” said Sean Twomey, principal of the school.
“The idea is that you put each individual’s spare hurleys in a sleeve in the bag, so when you roll it out, you can see immediately where each player’s hurley is — there’s no rooting”.