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Meet the Leinster Company of the Year Regional Finalists

Junior Achievement Company of the Year Leinster Regional Final will take place on the 18th of March, hosted by Chartered Accountants Ireland, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Ten teams will compete for the chance to proceed to the nationals held in May. So let's meet the teams!


Introducing 'Irish Programming Team' from Grange Community College, Donaghmede, Dublin 13

IPT team 1


Irish Programming Team (IPT) offers simple video games online to teens and  children. The company has currently one game available to the public, in single  player and multi-player mode, called the ‘Rage Game’. The game is designed  using JavaScript and C-Sharp developed by IPT.  The strength of the company is  built upon the free applications available online to develop the game and distribute  it to the public, contributing to low overheads. The 4 man team consisting IPT was mentored by John Sisson, DAA. 


Check out their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter


Introducing 'Bass Burner' from St. Declan's College, Cabra, Dublin 7

 bass burner


Bass Burner offers a unique innovative idea for anyone who enjoys music while showering. The company provides waterproof speakers able to stick to any flat surface. The speakers are Bluetooth wired which enables easy access to other devices for a higher musical experience. The company aims to provide a solution to an everyday problem. Bass Burner started out by selling candles and raffle tickets in parent teacher meetings to help build initial profits for the development of the speakers. Katie O’Connor, Deloitte, has helped and mentored the team during the lifespan of the mini-company. 


Introducing 'The Big Gobs' from St. Dominic's College, Cabra, Dublin 7

 big gobs


A unique and practical holder, made out of a tennis ball, is the newest trend by The Big Gobs Company. The company offers personalised fun accessories for everyday use. The product is essentially made of a tennis ball which sticks to any flat surface and can hold keys, pens and papers. The Big Gobs considers their customers’ needs as a priority and allows for personalised designs. The quirky accessories was first introduced at St. Dominic’s trade fair, where it has won the ‘Best Business’ award.


Follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@thebiggobs)!


Introducing 'Canoodle' from St. Dominic's College, Cabra, Dublin 7

the Big Gobs team


Canoodle provides homemade cosmetics including lip balms and lipsticks in different colours and flavours. The products are healthy and organic as they are produced without the use of harsh chemicals and toxins. These affordable cosmetics were first sold in St. Dominic’s fair trade and St. Bridin’s Bric-a-Brac sale.


Check out the company on Facebook and Instagram (@Canoodleco)!


Introducing 'Bella Bristles' from Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy, Co. Kildare

bella bristles


Bella Bristles offer individually painted and personalised hair brushes to its customers, offering a ‘one of a kind’ feeling from the purchase of the product. The company’s main targets are female customers between the ages of 11 and 17. Bella Bristles has a successful social media reach and has seen great number of followers through its lifespan. 


Check out their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Introducing 'Magnaboard' from Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy, Co. Kildare

Magnaboard team


Aiming to solve the problem of losing your keys, Magnaboard offers a magnetic frame designed to hold keys and various other objects. The product is essentially a frame onto which you can stick your keys or hang them when you arrive home. The frames are designed to fit into any home with consideration to its style. It is available in two sizes, A4 and A5, for a perfect fit. 


Follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Introducing 'Sláinte Kids' from St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, Co. Dublin

 slainte kids


Sláinte Kids aims to combat childhood obesity by offering a pack containing useful and relevant information about this growing issue in Ireland. The pack contains reward charts, exercise cards, recipe cards and an information booklet to help both parents and children to understand about healthy habits.  The company aims to sell the product directly to parents, local primary school and online. The product has shown great response online, including retweets from Doctor Ciara Kelly and RTE’s Operation Transformation. The team was mentored by Kevin Maguire, PwC, to develop the idea and make it into a potential business. 


Follow them on Twitter and Facebook!


Introducing 'Magnetic Clippers' from Rockford Manor, Blackrock, Co. Dublin



Magnetic Clippers offer an easy functional product to organise your hair clips and bobby pin. The product is a decorated magnetic strip which can be easily placed on a magnetic surface, like a locker or fridge. The product is targeted to young girls aged between 8 to 18 who are using bobby pins and hair clips daily. Clippers are available in the local primary schools and in the near future, on well-known craft website called Etsy. The team was mentored by Aidan Smyth, Salesforce. 


Introducing 'MultiCray' from St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, Co. Kildare



MultiCray are handmade crayons designed for children between the ages of 1 to 12. The product is available in numerous colours and shapes such as elephants, monkeys and bears. It aims to help children with their motor skills and creativity. The product is perfect as a gift for someone as it is handmade and eye catching at the same time. Kevin Maguire from PwC helped and mentored the team from MultiCray to develop the idea and make it come to life.  


Introducing 'Sandstandz' from Dominican College, Dublin 9



Standstandz are decorative multi-purpose holders for makeup brushes and pens. The product is essentially a decorated jar containing different colour sand to hold pens and brushes upright. The main target market for the company is younger students. The products have been sold to local primary school and to larger public through RDS’ craft fair.

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MetLife LifeChangers Initiative

Junior Achievement Ireland is delighted to have been chosen to partner with the MetLife Foundation to train and support Dublin-based staff in their contributions to the MetLife LifeChangers initiative and their efforts to inspire young minds in local schools.

Pictured below to celebrate the official opening of their new offices at 20 on Hatch by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., and to mark the launch of MetLifeChangers 2015 in Dublin are:

Jonathon Bunn & Rosemarie Dizon, MetLife; Helen Raftery, JAI; Clare Oldstein & Anthony McGrane, MetLife & Ann Butler, JAI.

MetLifeChangers Initiative Feb 2015

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PM Group Hosts Mount Seskin Community College

PM Group is celebrating its second year of partnering with Junior Achievement Ireland. To mark the occasion, 2nd Year students from Mount Seskin Community College recently paid a visit to the international engineering company in their Dublin office. The students enjoyed working on the 'Economics of Staying in School' programme with their PM Gruop volunteer Sarah Dowling. Sarah has already discussed her work as a Structural Engineer with the students and on their visit to PM Group, they also go to meet other role models like Eileen Lee, Operations Manager, pictured below. 

School to work day - Mount Seskin Community College

Welcoming the students and presenting their certificates of achievement Eileen said: “Junior Achievement is a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to be involved in it as part of our CSR programme. We hope that the students benefit from their participation and enjoyed their visit to our office”.

The visit to the PM Group offices was the culmination of their ESIS programme for these young students. They took full advantage of the opportunity to see what happens in the world of engineering, to meet some of the very welcoming staff and to get an insight into what they might expect if they came to work with a firm like PM Group in the future, all the time being reminded of the importance of their studies.

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Clondalkin Students Count4Success!

In partnership with Fidelity Investments and Xilinx, a very successful Count4Success event was hosted on 10th February 2015 at Xilinx.

Count4Success is a fun, hands-on maths workshop showing students how maths is part of everyday life. All of the activities take maths out of the textbook, allowing the students to participate in practical maths and science activities, making it a fun and exciting way to learn. Working in small groups, faciliitated by trained business volunteers from Xilinx and Fidelity Investments, each student gets to experience how a selection of basic mathematical principles are applied in our everyday lives.    

 Adventure Ireland  Fraction Reaction 

Along with over 180 other supporting organsiations, Xilinx and Fidelity Investments partner with Junior Achievement so that their staff can be trained to volunteer and serve as professional role models, interacting with local students. Through the carefully-designed programmes, the volunteers discuss in an appropriate setting the kind of jobs the students might enjoy when they grow up and the importance of studying maths and other subjects.

Count4Success is one of three inter-linked phases of the Make Maths Matter project, involving 130 students from two local primary schools in West Dublin: Talbot Senior National School, Bawnogue, Clondalkin and St. Ronan’s National School, Deansrath, Clondalkin. Along with the Count4Success event hosted by Xilinx, students have also enjoyed working with volunteers in their classrooms and to round things off plans are underway for them to enjoy a fun-filled, maths-themed visit to a 3rd level institution later in the term.

The Make Maths Matter project is quite an undertaking and we are grateful to the principals and teachers, and to all involved in Xilinx and Fidelity Investments for partnering with us in bringing these opportunities to these young aspiring mathematicians! 


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Bright Futures at Central Bank

On 27th November, 42 budding financiers from City Quay and Rutland Street primary schools visited the Central Bank on Dame Street to complete their Junior Achievement programmes in appropriate fashion.

Central Bank volunteers Caroline Rowe and Anthony Horrigan delivered the Our Community and Our City programmes to the students from the two schools over a five week period. The students were thrilled to find out that a special trip to the Central Bank was on the cards once they completed their programmes!

CentralBankSusan Quinn, Rutland Street NS; Governor Patrick Honohan; Olwen O’Connor Maguire, City Quay N.S. & Helen Raftery Junior Achievement Ireland.

On their arrival at the Central Bank, the students were escorted to the 7th floor, where they got a panoramic view of the city – an impressive and appropriate setting in which to receive their certificates of achievement from Governor Patrick Honohan, who made a special appearance to welcome the students.

Michael, one of the students from Rutland Street gave an impromptu but impressive overview to the governor of all the important things he had learned over the course of the Our City programme including savings, facts about interest rates and opening a bank account!

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