Wednesday 22 October 2014

Businessman to give junior entrepreneurs a head start

Joe Leogue

Published 24/10/2013 | 05:26

Eoin & Rachel Kelleher (front), Paul Roche, Marketing Manager, Barry Group, Jim Barry, MD, Barry Group and Una Kingston, Principal Baltydaniel NS.

A PROMINENT Mallow businessman has joined forces with a non-for-profit programme that will give the entrepreneurs of tomorrow a head start.

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) is targeted at fifth and sixth class primary school pupils and aims to introduce budding young minds to entrepreneurship and the range of enterprising skills that are required to become a successful entrepreneur.

Now Mallow-based entrepreneur Jim Barry, of wholesale distribution company Barry Group, has come on board to bring the initiative to all primary schools across Cork City and county.

The JEP will kick off in Cork next January when pupils are introduced to the idea of entrepreneurship. Following a brainstorm of ideas, pupils next pitch their big bets to a panel of 'Dragons' who will help pupils in choosing the 'Big Idea' that, by the end of the programme, will be turned into a reality.

Mr Barry's team will visit a select number of participating schools to share his business story, and allow students to ask questions and get advice for their own budding enterprises. The programme culminates with a fun Showcase day, where students have the opportunity to sell their product or service to the local community.

"I am delighted to be a part of this great programme, and look forward to seeing the wonderful creativity and ideas generated by the next generation of up-and-coming entrepreneurs. While it all starts with a great idea, there are so many other valuable skills to be learned in the process, skills that I am confident will serve students well right throughout the education process and into their, hopefully successful, business careers," Mr Barry said.

During the course of the JEP, pupils will focus on all the key areas of entrepreneurial expertise including finance, marketing, design and production, sales and story telling.

The deadline for registration is this Friday, October 25. Registration packs have been sent to all schools. For more information, visit


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