Over 350 pupils and their teachers were in attendance at Day 1 of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) County Showcase in Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on Tuesday last April 21st. Another 350 pupils were expected yesterday Wednesday April 22nd at Day 2 of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) County Showcase. Magnificent examples of entrepreneurship were showcased, giving participating pupils and teachers the opportunity to see the classroom businesses that emerged since the 2015 programme started in January.

Throughout the 10-week JEP programme pupils learn about entrepreneurship, brainstorm ideas, decide on an idea and work in teams to turn that idea into a reality. With the guidance and support of their teacher, classmates, principal and local community, the participating classes create something truly remarkable.

Projects showcased on the day included board games, cookbooks, personalised bracelets, moneyboxes and even a CD to teach children how to learn there maths tables. The atmosphere was electric as the Junior Entrepreneurs visited the other exhibitors and learned about their projects.

Liam Woulfe, Fresh Grass Group and sponsor of JEP Limerick said “I have been over-whelmed by the amount of positivity that has been created among the pupils, teachers and parents from the classes and schools that are participating in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme in Limerick City and County. The objective was to stimulate an enterprise culture and I am delighted that this programme is making such a positive impact in this regard and it was clear to see at the County Showcase Days”.

Mary Fitzgerald, of Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel and JEP Limerick supporter and partner added “The JEP County Showcase Day was a great success. It was fantastic to see all the children displaying their products and services and interacting with each other about their businesses. It was clear to see that this programme creates a real entrepreneurial flair in the children and does wonders in developing skills and their self-confidence.”

For more information go to juniorentrepreneur.ie. Schools wishing to take part in the programme should email info@juniorentrepreneur.ie or call Susan Quirke-Crowley on 066-9791437.