Junior Entrepreneur Programme
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Tá Rang 5 & 6 i nGaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan ag glacadh páirt
sa chlár náisiúnta 'Junior Entrepreneur Programme'
. Rang 5 & 6 in Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan are currently participating
in the national 'Junior Entrepreneur Programme' . This is a ten week
programme during which the children learn about entrepreneurship, the
characteristics of an entrepreneur and examples of entrepreneurs in
their locality, on a national level and on the international stage.
The objective of the overall programme is that the group will devise,
design, produce, market and sell a product or service, thus learning
the vital skills of entrepreneurship.
Meet the Dragons
In a Dragon's Den style format, the group subdivided into teams and
pitched 4 team ideas in front of a panel of Dragons made up of fellow
students, múinteoirí na scoile and a business person.
Gabhaimid buíochas le Mark O'Súilleabháin who joined
the panel and evaluated the groups' business idea.
Visit of a Successful Entrepreneur
During Week 3 of the programme we had a visit from a local entrepreneur.
Rosemary Wilmot, owner of Wilmot's Childcare, Dark Road in Nenagh visited
the group and gave a most informative talk on the challenges and merits
of starting and developing her own business. Rosemary opened a creche
in 2001 with 2 employees, and now in 2014, owns and runs two creches
employing 55 members of staff.
As a past winner of the prestigious 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Award', Rosemary answered all the children's prepared questions and
described the need to be hard working, committed to ongoing improvements,
to accept mistakes and view them as learning opportunities for the future.
She advised them to always seek help and guidance and finally, to enjoy
and be passionate about the business. Then the hours pass quickly and
the hard work pays off.
Rang a 5 then visited Marie Nagle, owner of Cinnamon Alley who gave
a very informative talk on how she always wanted to own and run a business.
Based on feedback from the panel of Dragons, the class group voted on
the best business idea to progress, which is to produce medal holders
in the shapes and designs of music symbols, football jerseys, dancing
skirts etc so pupils can proudly display their medals.
The group is in the process of conducting market research having designed
an online survey using Survey Monkey. All children in the school along
with many of the parents and friends completed this survey online. The
analysis of these responses will help the team in the development of
their product to meet the market demand.
In subsequent weeks the group will subdivide into marketing, finance,
production, and public relation teams in bringing our product to the
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