Young Entrepreneur Programme

About The Programme

We are delighted this year to have introduced The Young Entrepreneur Programme  under the guidance of Ms. Lynch in 6th Class. It is a unique opportunity to explore and develop the talents of young entrepreneurs. The programme complements traditional learning by encouraging workshops, case studies and interaction with key business people on top of developing the pupils own ideas.

It also helps to instill a sense of creativity and focus and presents an ideal opportunity for anyone thinking of starting a businessIt encourages a link between business people, teachers and pupils.

Wednesday 4th February 2015

Our Business Visitor

As part of the programme we were thrilled to welcome Ross McDowell of “Stript Snacks” to talk to the class. 

He spoke about how the idea for Stript Snacks was hatched while working as an engineer in South Africa. Stript Snacks are an Irish take on the South African dried beef strips, Biltong. Ross saw a gap in the Irish market and so his product was developed. Stript Snacks is used by both the Leinster and Irish Rugby Teams as part of their protein intake. At present there are two varieties, red chilli and cracked black pepper, we certainly all enjoyed sampling the product. It got a definite 'thumbs up' from us. 

Ross gave the pupils a great insight into developing an idea, building a brand and bringing a product to market. His talk was most inspirational and highlighted about the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur! 

 Meet the Dragons!

The children pitched then their ideas to 'The Dragons' ( Ms. Rafferty, Mr. Morrison and Ross) and each group presented their business plan and a sample of their product. The teamwork, planning and the research into pricing, marketing and costs of each product was very evident in within the groups. 'The Dragons' were very impressed with what they saw!

The 2016 Junior Entrepreneur Programme

The JEP Programme was extended this year to included 5th Class. The ideas and pitches were stronger than ever and Ms. Hoey, Ms. Rafferty and Gabrielle had the unenviable task of choosing a project to put forward to the final . 

This year the company formed was called 'Fancy Frames', the brainchild of three 5th Class pupils, Coady Harding, Seán O'Hare and Adam Sherlock.

There was a huge demand for the bespoke frames and orders totally exceeded our expectations.

The classes recently attended the showcase day in the Knightsbrook in Trim.

During the process we were delighted to welcome Bernie Canning, Blás and Wilde and Edward Grant, Solgari as guest speakers. They gave inspiring presentations to the pupils about 'life as an entrepreneur' and the highs and lows of business. 

Well done to all the pupils and to Mrs. Burke (5th) and Ms. Lynch (6th) for all their hard work and guidance throughout the project.