Entrepreneurship initiative for primary school children Bizworld Ireland has launched a new programme called ‘Rise’ aimed at fostering young social entrepreneurs.
Standing for ‘Rising Innovative Social Entrepreneurs’, it starts with two-day business development workshops involving children working in teams to make their own movie or business and culminates in a competition for sixth class pupils called The Biz Factor.
A registered charity, Bizworld has received support from a range of stakeholders including Local Enterprise Offices, Intel, Microsoft, IPB Insurance, Dublin City University, Smurfit Business School and Intellectual Ventures.
Through the existing Bizworld programme, participating children in fourth and fifth class are taken through the entire entrepreneurial cycle from writing a business plan, company formation, applying for jobs in the company to market research.
Children learn about design, production, marketing and sales as well as how to pitch to a visiting ‘dragon’ from the business world.
Speaking at the launch at UCD Smurfit Business School, ex primary school principal Mary described Rise as “the most user friendly entrepreneurship initiative in the country catering seamlessly for pupil and teacher needs”.
Fiona McKeon, CEO Bizworld, said: “School principals, teachers and pupils have given Bizworld Ireland resounding positive feedback The addition of the Rise programme will strengthen Bizworld’s impact nationally, reaching the few remaining counties which have not experienced this initiative.”