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MEW Student Enterprise Challenge

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The MEW Student Enterprise Challenge is an annual competition currently open to students of all secondary schools in Meath where students compete for the awards of;

  • Best New Business
  • Best Pre-Startup

The purpose of the competition is to encourage and reward entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and participation amongst the youth of Meath while also providing a platform for aspiring young entrepreneurs to engage with and learn from leading entrepreneurs and businesses from across the region.

The MEW Student Enterprise Challenge, which is now in its 5th year, has been an important starting point for many student start-ups in Meath and is an excellent opportunity for students to meet potential business advisors, mentors and investors.


Categories / Prizes

The winning students / businesses will receive;

  • Best New Business                                Best Pre-Startup
    • 1stPrize – €600                                              1stPrize – €400
    • 2ndPrize – €300                                             2ndPrize – €200
    • 3rdPrize – €150                                              3rdPrize – €100
  • Best 10 Minute Pitch                    
    •  €250                                                          

The winning schools will also receive the following;

  • Best New Business Winner                    Best Pre-Startup Winner
    •  €600                                                              €400
  • Best 10 Minute Pitch                    
    •  €250    

Entry Requirements

  • The MEW Student Enterprise Challenge is open to all students attending secondary school in Meath,
  • Applicants can be teams or individuals (5 max per team),
  • Competitors must deliver a 10-minute business presentation or pitch to a panel of judges.
  • Please email to submit applications.
  • Applications for MEW Student Enterprise Challenge 2019 will open in September 2019


All students will pitch to the 4 judges and will be asked questions at the end in order to help the judges assess the ideas and arrive at a decision. Decisions will be based solely on the information supplied as part of the pitch. No additional information will be considered before or after the pitch.

The decision of the judges is final.


Winners will be announced at the #MEW2019 Business Conference & Expo which takes place on Thursday 15th November in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co Meath

All competitors are invited to attend the #MEW2019 Business Conference & Expo where they will;

  • Get the opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs and potential investors,
  • Listen to panel discussions featuring established and successful entrepreneurs discussing topical issues,
  • Opportunity to showcase their business at the #MEW2019 Business Expo.

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Winners of the 2018 MEW Student Enterprise Challenge

Best New Business

1 – Lighting PC Customs                      (St Pats CS)                               €600    (Same to school)

Simon Goodwin, Jack Donohoe, Ethon Davis, Keelan Mulvaney, Callum Shields 

2 – Safe-Tea                                         (Dunshaughlin CC)                    €300

Cian Maguire, Sean McConnell, Ruairi Kinsella 

3 – Code-Ed                                         (St Pats)                                    €150

Matthew Clinton, Jake Casserly, Cian Perdisatt 

4 – NeezUp                                          (Eureka CS)                               €75

Sinead Forde, Ciara Fullerton, Ciara Slater 

Best Pre-Startup

1 – Gaeilgeoirí Beag                             (St Joseph’s / Mercy)                 €400    (Same to school)

Ciara Brady, Lauren Gilroy, Rachel Gavin, Fate Russell, Hannah Dempsey 

2 – First Cow / Calf Safety Barrier          (Dunshaughlin CC)                    €200

Eoin McLoughlin 

3 – Music Rules                                    (St Pats CS)                               €100

Ciaran Cahill, Robert Staunton

4 – The Calf Catcher                             (Eureka)                                    €50

Emma Hetherton, Orla Griffin, Aisling Daly (

Best 10 Minute Pitch

Printed / Next Level Jewellery              (Dunshaughlin CC)                    €250    (Same to school)

Lauren Mc Conkey, Ingrid Reilly, Chloe Bissett, Aoife Sheehan