Cork City Schools Enterprise Programme presents Pre-Christmas Showcase

Pictured at the fair were, from left: Laura Malmon, Emma O'Sullivan, Lauren Delaney, Meghan Oxford, Eimear O'Connell, Karen O'Donnell and (front) Ciara Dwyer from North Presentation Sec. School. Pic: RD Photo

Teen entrepreneurs unwrap their new business ideas as part of Christmas on Campus next week, when the Cork Schools Enterprise Programme hosts its pre-Christmas showcase in Devere Hall at UCC on Monday, November 27.

Run by the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City, the event will feature 38 mini-companies drawn from 13 schools across the city, where they will be given the opportunity to showcase and put on sale to the public 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. Speaking ahead of the Pre-Christmas showcase 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 Local Enterprise Office is very lucky to have OtterBox Ireland working closely with us again this year in mentoring our students to help them achieve their entrepreneurial potential, which they will proudly showcase on the day.”

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. 

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 

Says Adrienne Rodgers, Head of Local Enterprise:

“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.’