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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Last call for junior entrepreneur entries

The deadline is fast approaching for fifth and sixth class pupils in schools across Wicklow to sign up to a unique and exciting initiative.

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme brings entrepreneurship into primary schools and helps students develop existing skills such as literacy and numeracy but also new skills such as problem solving, technology, communication, team building, confidence and creative thinking. During the programme, the pupils will be mentored by business people from their own communities who are willing to share their experience with them.

Children from 22 schools across Co Wicklow took part in last year's programme, a huge jump from the nine schools who participated the previous year.

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme is available free of charge to all fifth and sixth class pupils in the country. It is a 12- to 16-week programme which helps children learn and develop business skills in collaboration with their classmates.

Close to 40,000 pupils have participated in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme since its inception in 2010. It has been developed and supported by entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly of Tweak.com and some of Irelands other leading entrepreneurs including Bill Walsh of Aspire Tecnology.

The children involved in last year's programme created businesses that generated profits of almost €230,000.

The deadline for applications to this year's Junior Entrepreneur Programme is next Tuesday, October 10.

Further details are available on www.juniorentrepreneur.ie or by contacting the JEP office on 066 7169553.

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