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Mini-companies to shine at Christmas showcase in UCC

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 8:55am

Next Monday people will get the chance to support the next generation of entrepreneurs while also picking up some gifts for Christmas!

The Cork Schools Enterprise Programme hosts its pre-Christmas showcase in Devere Hall at UCC on Monday 27 November.

Run by the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City, the event will feature 38 mini-companies drawn from 13 schools across the city. The mini-companies will showcase and put on sale some of the innovative new products and services they have developed as part of the programme.

With an additional 16 mini-companies taking part, this year marks a significant increase in student participation.

Yvonne O’Neill, Co-ordinator Cork Schools Enterprise Programme, said: “We are delighted with the significant increase in participation by teen entrepreneurs in Cork city in the Christmas showcase this year.

“The students are very excited to show off to other students, judges and the public, the business ideas they are have been working so hard on since September.”

The event will showcase business across a range of sectors including craft, education, social entrepreneurship and technology. The pre-Christmas showcase is open to the general public giving students the opportunity to increase sales of their product/service, as well as helping them learn valuable lessons in customer relations and promotion.

Adrienne Rodgers, Head of Local Enterprise said: “This event is one of our flagship events for second level students in Cork city and we are delighted with level of growth in interest for the programme this year. We hope to plant the seed for homegrown entrepreneurs of the future and I look forward to seeing the results of our programme come to fruition on the day.”

Representatives from companies at the forefront of local and international business will be part of the judging panel. These include OtterBox, an international company that makes protective solutions for mobile devices.

Joining OtterBox will be representatives from Ernst & Young, a global company with Cork offices, instrumental in promoting and supporting entrepreneurship, and the Small Business Advice Centre in Cork city.

On the day, the following prizes will be awarded:

Best Display Stand

Best Sales Plan

Best Business Idea

Best Endeavour

Best Market Research

Best Overall Mini-Company

Cork schools competing at the showcase include: Ashton School, Mayfield Community School, St Angela's College, St Patrick's Girls' School, St Aloysius Girls' School, North Presentation School, Scoil Mhuire, Nagle Community College, Presentation College, Bishopstown Community School, Ursuline Secondary School, Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh and Mayfield Community Training Centre.

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