Last Thursday week 7 teams from Transition Year competed for the Dragons Den title for best Mini Company Enterprise for 2017. This event is kindly sponsored by the Parents Association and Richard Jack was on hand from the Parents Association to welcome and thank both participants and dragons. The Parents Association had gathered together an impressive array of experience and knowledge from the local business community to put our students through their paces on the night. Dragons on the night were Gordon Murphy, Chief Financial Officer from Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Pat Macken from TaxBack.com and Dermot Dalton from Ripley’s Steakhouse.
There were 7 presentations to the Dragons on the night, they were;
- KCK Cookie Mix – A layered cookie mix in a jar incorporating the Kilkenny College crest and colours - Molly Parmeter
- Necky Nicey – A selection of handmade necklaces and bracelets - Lucy Bolger, Lorna Kelly and Abigail Bennet
- The McCookey Food Company – Fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies - Andrew O’Brien, David O’Brien, Charlie McCreery and Jack Foley
- That Can’t be Vegan – An array of plant based natural deserts - Ellie Fogarty
- KCK TY Half Zips – A high quality Kilkenny College crested sports tops - Daniel Thompson, Keegan Bradely, Alanna Starnes and Alanna Kennedy Treacy
- Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers – A waterproof and Bluetooth speaker which can used in a shower - Peter Prendergast, Peter McNamara and Daniel Griffin
- La Bomb – Homemade bath bombs and natural body scrubs - Susan James, Christina Willoughby, Amy Moynan and Helena Hatton
Each company had to make a brief presentation about their business and then respond to some relevant questions from each dragon. After a very high standard of presentation, the dragons conferred to decide the overall winners as each team waited anxiously. The two joint runners up were deemed to be Ellie Fogarty’s “That can’t be Vegan” who provided an array of plant based natural deserts and the “KCK TY Half Zips” who offered high quality Kilkenny College crested sports tops. The winner however, who gave an extremely professional pitch, both in terms of her presentation and in her product development, was Molly Parmeter and her “KCK Cookie Mix” which was a layered cookie mix in a decorative jar which portrayed her links to Kilkenny College by using the school crest and recycled school ties as decoration for the lids of the jars.
A big thank you to the Parents Association for sponsoring the event and also thank you to Ms. Atkinson and Mr. Ashmore for their organisation of the event and their preparation of the students. Finally a big well done to all the students who presented with such assuredness and confidence.
Kilkenny Local Enterprise Office Awards
On the following Wednesday 3 of the companies were chosen to represent Kilkenny College at the Kilkenny Local Enterprise Office awards in the Newpark Hotel. The McCookey Food Company, KCK TY Half Zips and La Bomb. Each company had previously submitted a report for inspection and review, on the day each company had a table and a display board to convey their company’s message. There were also several judges present who moved around the stands and asked further questions. The event was covered live on KCLR FM radio and one of our teams were interviewed about their product and their mini-company.
Alas in an extremely competitive competition where the standard among the 40 competitors was extremely high, the three Kilkenny College teams finished outside the top 3 required to progress to the regional finals. However it still proved to an extremely worthwhile and rewarding (financially and otherwise) process for the students involved.