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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Bunscoil Loreto students impress at junior entrepreneur showcase

Ms Traynor’s class who worked on their company Bits and Bobbles together and presented at the junior entrepreneur showcase in the RDS in Dublin last month
Ms Traynor’s class who worked on their company Bits and Bobbles together and presented at the junior entrepreneur showcase in the RDS in Dublin last month

Cathy Lee

Bunscoil Loreto were one of over 200 schools to take part in the junior entrepreneur programme and attend the showcase which took place in the RDS in Dublin.

'The three fifth classes from Bunscoil Loreto had a fantastic day out and a wonderful opportunity of showcasing their three business ventures Bits and Bobbles, Fab Frames and C&B Hurls,' said a spokesperson for the school.

On the day, the school got the chance to showcase their work to the judges as well as some RTÉ celebrities such as Ryan Tubrity, Marty Morissey and Miriam O'Callaghan.

After being involved in entrepreneurial classes during a 12 week programme, the children learned how to create and draft a business idea and over time and dedication, make it a reality in gaining a real world understanding about business.

At the RDS, each class had a stand which displayed the work and told the story of their journey within the programme and their individual projects.

Bits and Bobbles created bobble hats with the Loreto crest for their project, while Fab Frames made personalised gift frames to mark a special event and C&B Hurls made hand carved personalised hurls.

During the project, they also had a visit from 'the Dragons' as local businesspeople were invited to present to the class as part of the programme, helping the children to understand what it takes to make a business work.

The classes performed market research on their products, delegated teams for the areas of marketing, sales, finance, storytelling, design and production and also kept reports of the units sold and actual profits made.

'It was an incredible experience for all three classes to get a taste of what life as an entrepreneur entails and to have the amazing opportunity of showcasing their products that they worked so hard on and are so proud of,' said the spokesperson.

All three projects were highly commended by the judges and each pupil received a special medal for participation.

Bunscoil Loreto wishes to thank the three teachers Trish Browne, Kevin Nimmo and Ursula Traynor, who were involved in preparation with the classes for the programme.

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