Scoil Iosaf Crowned by Bank Of Ireland at Bizworld Grand Finale – Pictured at Bizworld Grand Finale are (Back Row) Alzbeta Barisova, Amelia Babiarska, Isobel Brudair, Clodagh Gray, (Front Row) Molly O’Doherty, Eimear Burke, Ellie Woulfe, Faye Duggan
Scoil Iosaf Crowned By Bank of Ireland at Bizworld Grand Finale
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jordan Mac Cormaic
More than 40 primary school children from 10 schools nationwide took part in the Bizworld Grand Finale by Bank of Ireland hosted in Athlone IT.
Students from Scoil Iosaf, Newcastle West, Limerick, won the ‘Best Marketing Plan’ award for their idea, Doggie Pause, a retractable lead that incorporates a treat, reflector, litter bags and container for water.
Over 8,300 children have participated in 277 workshops run by Bank of Ireland since September 2016. Over 140 Bank of Ireland staff members around the country will have volunteered 554 days as BizWorld Ireland tutors running two-day workshops with primary students in their local schools.
Workshops feature everything from brainstorming, business development to guiding students through the entrepreneurial cycle from company formation to market research to pitching for investment and finally finishing with the Dragon’s Den style pitch of the business.
BizWorld by Bank of Ireland has seen over 1,385 new businesses created and started by primary school children over the past 9 months. The ten ideas that have reached the grand finale range from a farm clothing to a games app for children which encourages children to exercise.
There were ten category winners at the BizWorld grand finale including the best marketing plan, best business jingle, and most socially conscious business.
The 2017 Grand Finalists category winners were:
- Scoil Fhursa from Taylors Hill in Galway who won the award for Most Innovative Business idea for their project Safety Lines, reflective strips on cars to avoid a collision.
- Knocktemple National School from Oldcastle in Meath who were crowned winners in the Best PowerPoint Presentation category for their business idea, Padded Power, A padded overcoat for farmers to provide protection against kicks to prevent injuries.
- St. Michael’s National School from Castlepollard in Westmeath who won the award for Best Business Jingle for their battery business idea, Pro Glow, a Battery and wire operated visual indicator located in the back of a high vis vest and gloves for cyclists to indicate whether they are turning left or right.
- Kil O’ The Grange Primary School from Blackrock in Dublin who were crowned winners in the Most Customer Focussed Business category for their cinema idea, CINE Tray, a tray with compartments for your cinema food that you can pre-order online and get your deposit back on return.
- Craughwell National School from Galway who won the Best Business TV ad category for their board game idea called Planet Protectors – a board game to raise awareness of global warming.
- Sacred Heart National School from Huntstown in Dublin who were crowned winners in the Most Socially Conscious Business category for their Bits ‘N’ Books idea, a cost-effective way of equipping your child for school with ‘just’ the essentials they need rather than wasting money on unnecessary items that appear in usual packs.
- Scoil Iosaf from Newcastle West in Limerick who won Best Marketing Plan for their idea, Doggie Pause, a retractable lead that incorporates a treat, reflector, litter bags and container for water.
- Presentation Primary School from Listowel in Kerry who were crowned overall winners and winners in the Most Original Business Idea category for their idea of a children’s activity pack to keep young children occupied called Kool Kiddie Packs.
- Sacred Heart National School from Granard in Longford who won the Best Financial Plan award for their idea for a ball to promote the learning of Irish.
- Scoil Mhuire National School from Shankill in Dublin who were crowned winners of the Most Informative Q&A Session for their idea of a gaming app for children which incorporates exercise called Gecko Games.
Rory Carty, Head of Youth Banking, Bank of Ireland, commented; “As Ireland’s leading bank for students of all ages, we are delighted and proud to partner with the BizWorld Grand Finale. In addition to sowing the seeds of enterprise, creativity and money management, our Bank of Ireland BizWorld tutors facilitate primary school children learning important skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, risk analysis, teamwork, active learning, entrepreneurship and leadership, whilst also having fun.”
He continued: “Primary schools are a vital part of local communities. Through our extensive branch network, and our ongoing programme of enterprise towns, our strong presence and connection with communities nationwide makes this partnership a fantastic fit.”
“In close partnership with the BizWorld Ireland team, we will continue to work together to grow the programme equipping this generation of primary school children for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Fiona McKeon CEO of BizWorld commented, “I never cease to be amazed by the quality of ideas from children, generated over only two days in a Primary classroom.”
“The standard increases annually and this has been a record-breaking year of BizWorld workshops due to the invaluable support of Bank of Ireland. Not only are they assisting us with resources but their people are so engaged in equipping the new generation of Irish children with 21st-century skills”, she said.
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