This year’s BEST Competition has attracted a total of 121 entries from the four schools participating – Scoil Mhuire and Garbally College, Ballinasloe, Holy Rosary Mountbellew, and Presentation College Headford.
The 13 finalists who made it through the initial stage of the competition in November battled it out again in the most recent stage of the competition, in the hope of winning the annual entrepreneurial competition and of course claiming the top prize of €1,000 for the winning project or group.
The Dragon’s Den stage of the competition took place at Western Automation on February 25th and was the final chance for the 13 finalists to impress the judges with their projects. The students presented detailed proposals on their projects to a panel of judges including John Power, Carmel Dooley, Gerry Kelly and Pat Ward.
According to John Power, a judge on this year’s panel, ‘’the 13 local projects impressed all of the judges with both quality and preparation’’.
The judges have had a number of meetings since February 25th to select the winners, due to be revealed at the awards night on March 9th in the Shearwater Hotel.
The awards ceremony will commence at 8.00pm sharp and the public are invited to attend in support of the talented youth.
The 13 finalists who will have their projects on display in the Shearwater hotel from 6.00 pm are:
The aim of BEST is to promote an entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of Ballinasloe youth and is proudly sponsored by Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre and Ballinasloe Credit Union and is also supported by Bank of Ireland Headford and Rothwell Staunton Auctioneers.
For further information contact Lyn Donnelly in Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre on 0909646516.
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