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Entrepreneurs of the future at UL Nexus Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Camp

Entrepreneurs of the future at UL Nexus Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Camp- The winning team Sophie Boyce, Colaiste Nano Nagle, Harry Hannan, Salesian Secondary College and Katie Collins, Coláiste Chiaráin attending the inaugural Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Camp. Picture Sean Curtin True Media.

Entrepreneurs of the future at UL Nexus Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Camp

More than 25 second-level students from schools across Limerick attended University of Limerick this week to take part in the inaugural UL Nexus Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Camp.

The Nexus Innovation Centre and Kemmy Business School jointly deliver the camp which aims to create a student mindset that is solution focused, providing knowledge and skills to design innovative solutions that result in new business opportunities.

This five-day programme, which began on Monday, was delivered in an engaging and creative way through workshops, role-playing, company visits and entrepreneur guest speakers developing skills in teamwork, communication, project management and design thinking.

As well as this, students get the chance to practice their knowledge in purpose-built studios, workshops and computer labs and receive feedback from experienced mentors. The camp is also an opportunity for second-level students to experience life on a higher-education campus. 

Speaking at the camp Briga Hynes, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at UL said: “KBS was delighted to partner with Nexus on this exciting initiative which very much aligns with the entrepreneurial ethos of the school.”

“Briga added that there is a wealth of innovative thinking among our bright student population and programmes such as this boot camp are central in unleashing the entrepreneurial potential and capability of students at an early age to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs.  We hope this programme has played a part in instilling that entrepreneurial mindset in students and their start-up journey”.

The boot camp is supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills as part of an investment of €250,000 to provide nearly 1,000 students initiatives that stimulate creativity, innovation and design skills among students.

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