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Students put through their paces

Thursday, 21st November, 2013 12:00am

Almost 350 second level students from all over North Cork were put through their paces recently at a new 'Business Bootcamp' style event that was held at the Mallow GAA Complex. The event is part of the North Cork Schools Enterprise Programme, which encourages students to set up and run a business over the course of the academic year to help them learn all about entrepreneurship.

Some of Cork's most successful business figures and entrepreneurs attended the event in a voluntary capacity to offer advice and guidance to students on running their mini-companies. Student mini-company teams were given a fantastic opportunity for a series of 10 minute question and answer sessions with each business mentor so they could learn key lessons in areas of business such as understanding your customers and how to give them what they want, using social media to promote your business and win customers and marketing.

In total 14 business mentors took part in the event including Maurice O'Keeffe, AIB, Damien Mulley, Mulley Communications, Cathy Fitzgibbon, Cork Independent and Joan Kelleher, North Cork Enterprise Board.

Speaking at the event, co-ordinator of the North Cork Schools Enterprise Programme, Yvonne O'Neill said: 'We are really delighted with the huge turnout at today's event. We have almost 350 students from 36 student businesses from all over North Cork brainstorming and networking with some of Cork's most successful business people and entrepreneurs. There was an exhilarating atmosphere in the room here today, plenty of positivity and energy coming from our students, who are really enjoying the experience of being first time entrepreneurs!”

The next event in the North Cork Schools Enterprise calendar is the Christmas Trade Fair which takes place on 12 December at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet. Students will set up stands and put their products and services on display to the public.  

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