Monday 16 September 2019

Hunt is on for our best young business heads

THE hunt is on, once again, to find our most enterprising young business people from schools across North Cork.

THE hunt is on, once again, to find our most enterprising young business people from schools across North Cork.

The North Cork Enterprise Board (NCEB) officially launched its Schools Enterprise Programme for 2013/2014 on Monday evening at Springfort Hall Hotel in Mallow.

And this year the programme will be more like 'Dragon's Den' than ever before - thanks to some new additions.

Principals, business teachers and Transition Year co-ordinators from second level schools throughout North Cork gathered at the event along with Tadhg Curtis, chairman of the North Cork Enterprise Board, Business Adviser Joan Kelleher and Yvonne O'Neill, schools enterprise co-ordinator.

The schools co-ordinator, Yvonne O'Neill, gave a presentation to the teachers present on the range of enterprise activities organised for second level schools in North Cork this year.

These include the student enterprise awards programme, which allows students set up and run a mini-company over the school year to learn about entrepreneurship.

This year there's a newly introduced 'Best Business Idea' competition, where any second level student in North Cork can come up with an invention/business idea.

Another addition this year is the newly introduced 'Creative Business Pitch' competition, where students must use a range of creativity skills to write and record a promotional business video.

The Student Enterprise Awards is the flagship programme of the NCEB Schools Enterprise calendar. The programme encourages teenagers to consider entrepreneurship as a real future career choice and gives them the invaluable opportunity to learn about real life business while participating in the programme.

This year schools from Boherbue, Millstreet, Fermoy, Buttevant, Mallow, Doneraile, Kanturk and Charleville will take part in the programme.

Each year over 16,000 students nationally take part in the competition.

Speaking at Monday night's launch, Tadhg Curtis said they were looking forward to another successful year with the Schools Enterprise Programme.

"The programme in North Cork is one of the strongest in the country and we are very fortunate to have such dedicated teachers who work tirelessly every year to help their students learn about the importance of entrepreneurship," said Mr Curtis.

"The Enterprise Board is really seeing the long term benefits of the programme, with more and more start-up businesses in the area being created by students who previously took part in the programme while at school."

As ever, The Corkman will be following the emerging businesses as they go from the creative spark right up to the final products in the market. And each year, so far, we have not been disappointed, with an annual parade of creative genius that has not only captured the imagination - but also plenty of euros.