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Students get schooled at Otterbox

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 4:57pm

The next generation of Cork entrepreneurs got an insight into how a contemporary business operates when they attended an entrepreneurial mentoring day at the offices of OtterBox on George’s Quay

Last week students from twelve Cork city secondary schools were invited to participate in a working business day at OtterBox, an international company with European, Middle East & Asia (EMEA) headquarters in Cork.

They participated in a range of activities including a conference call, being involved in a business development, marketing strategy and business planning session, while gaining valuable insight from one-to-one mentoring sessions with OtterBox staff.

The students were also invited to discuss their own business ideas while receiving feedback from their respective mentors.

The initiative was developed by the Cork City Local Enterprise Office Schools Enterprise Programme and brought together students from St Aloysius Girls’ School, Bishopstown Community School, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Scoil Mhuire, Nagle College, North Presentation Girls’ School, Christ the King, Presentation Boy's School, Mardyke, St Angela’s School, St Vincent’s School, Coláiste Daibhéid, Christian Brothers College and St Francis College Rochestown.

Claire Lyons, General Counsel at OtterBox, complimented the Cork students on their business acumen.

“This is our third year involved with the Local Enterprise Office Cork City’s Schools Enterprise Programme and once again, the staff here at OtterBox have been delighted to work with the students on any number of potentially good business ideas.

“It is in keeping with our mandate to focus on young people and by coming to our offices here, we hope they get an opportunity to see a little of what is at the end of the journey for a successful business idea.”

The students were advised in areas such as e-commerce, marketing, HR, legal, sales, customer service, supply chain and finance.

Theresa Mulvihill, Coordinator for Student Enterprise Programme for Cork city, said: “Student Enterprise Programme is an amazing opportunity for students to explore the endless possibilities available to budding entrepreneurs today.

“Technology has made access to global markets easier than ever and students are creating businesses and driving sales with a laptop and phone. We are really excited this year to see the amazing talent and innovative ideas that Cork city students have come up with.”

Adrienne Rodgers, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Cork City, said: “The Student Enterprise Programme is a fantastic initiative to promote entrepreneurship as a viable option to young people today. Each year we work with the teachers and students to improve our own programme.

“As part of that, we have the opportunity to work together with local businesses who have a genuine interest in promoting entrepreneurship.”

The Local Enterprise Office is located at City Hall, Cork City Council, and the next event on its student enterprise calendar is set for Blackpool Shopping Centre on 6 December.

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