Dragons Den comes to Boyle school

Fourth class pupils from Scoil na nAingeal Naofa in Boyle had a two day lesson in entrepreneurial skills during the week, when they participated in the BizWorld Ireland business skills workshop.

Delivered by Catherine Murray, Bank of Ireland and with the assistance of class teacher Cliodhna O’Donnell, BizWorld aims to address an awareness of enterprise and financial management in Irish schools, particularly at primary level.

This is achieved by partnering with schools, like Scoil na nAingeal Naofa, to deliver tailored enterprise workshops for 10- to 13-year-olds.

Instilling an entrepreneurial spirit in children from a young age, and developing their awareness of financial management, means they are better equipped to become financially responsible members of society.

Because BizWorld Ireland workshops are delivered in fun and creative ways, they also make children excited at the prospect of maybe one day establishing their own business.

The pupils in Boyle spent day one exploring ideas, learning business terminology, choosing logos, incorporating their company, conducting market research and identifying and filling positions in their companies.

They then prepared to pitch their company to three “Dragons” who met them on day two.

Local businessman Brian Nerney (, Seamus Newcombe (Bank of Ireland) and Catherine Murray (Bank of Ireland) were the chosen Dragons.

All five companies made brilliant presentations with all impressing the Dragons.

Following questions and answers and further negotiations, the various Dragons bought into their chosen company.

If you would like to find out more about BizWorld and how it can help your school, please mail [email protected] or 0863020150

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