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St Mary's Mallow win top awards at Dragon's Den Style Competition

Some top ideas were presented at a Dragons’ Den Style competition held by the North Cork Enterprise Board on the 1st May 2013 in Mallow.

The event took place in Mallow GAA Complex and saw the top 10 teams from North Cork battle it out for the title of ‘Best Business Idea’.

Calls for submissions were sent out to all North Cork schools last December and a total of 80 student teams submitted proposals hoping to make the final 10 teams to pitch at the live finals.

The students presented their business ideas at the live final to a panel of 4 judges including:

Dan Murphy, Dan Murphy Life & Pensions
Geraldine O’Brien, Subway, Mallow
Jerome O’Sullivan, Bank of Ireland, Mallow

The girls from St. Mary’s Secondary School in Mallow scooped the top prize in the Senior Category for ‘Best Business Idea’ with their product Lesson In A Line.

Their idea was an innovative range of high quality childrens’ story books that are designed to teach young kids about the importance of recycling and healthy eating.

The three students who worked on this project were Helena DebebeKayleigh O'Connell and Lena Diedrich.

St Mary's Secondary School also came second in the Senior Category with their project called "Wiser Visor", which was a sun visor attachment for camogie helmets. The students who worked on this project included Kate Nyhan, Claire Long and Rita Doherty.

Pictured above Joan Kelleher, Business Development Manager, North Cork Enterprise Board, presenting 1st prize in the Senior Schools Category to Helena Debebe of St Mary's Secondary School, Mallow with team members Kayleigh O'Connell and Lena Diedrich. Also in the photograph are teacher Donna Lyons and Yvonne O'Neill, competition co-ordinator.

Katy Nyhan, Claire Long and Rita Doherty of St Mary's Secondary School, Mallow came second in the Senior Category with their project "Helmet with detacable lens". Also in photo are teacher Claire Dineen, Joan Kelleher and Yvonne O'Neill.