Junior Entrepreneur 2019
The junior entrepreneur programme has given students across the Ireland the opportunity to experience practical, real-life business learning as part of their formative education. Under their teachers guidance, and with inspiration from local entrepreneurs, children discover their strengths as individuals and as part of a team. Together, they choose, invest and produce their own product or service from scratch, all the way to making it available for sale at a school hosted showcase day – and enjoying the profits at the end.
Mr Crosbies and Mr fortunes class were chosen to participate in the Callystown National School entrepreneur programme. To begin, each child was asked to create an individual idea for the classes product. Then the class was split into seven groups where they then chose one favourite product per group. The teams were then asked to bring their proposal in front of ‘The Dragons Den’. A panell of tough judges including Principal Mr McgGinnity, teacher Mrs Kennedy and local entrepreneur Gerry Collier,chose their overall favourite idea that the children would produce as a class. The panel chose tie dye pencil cases however after a trial run of the producing the pencil case with various materials, the tie dye didn’t work on the case so the panel decided the next nest product was the bookmarks.
Straight away the class was split into teams and they began their work. A sales team priced materials and came up with a strategic plan, a marketing team designed posters to advertised the event, the finance team researched materials and costs, the story-telling team recorded the progress of the class throughout the programme, the design team chose the images on the bookmarks including Clogherhead harbour and handmade ladybirds, bees, snakes, giraffes and plenty more. Finally the production team produce the bookmarks.
As the class took to the yard to sell their bookmarks they had great success, selling they’re standard bookmarks for 2 and corner bookmarks for 50c. They found the most popular designs to be pigs and unicorns and at times struggled to keep up with such high demands! Overall the class say they’ve loved their experience in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme and look forward to spending all their profits!!