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
Introducing ‘Bass Burner’ from St. Declan’s College, Cabra, Dublin 7
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
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
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 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.
Introducing ‘Magnaboard’ from Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy, Co. Kildare
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.
Introducing ‘Sláinte Kids’ from St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, Co. Dublin
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.
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.