Creativity, hard graft, and willingness to invest their own hard-earned cash were the hallmarks of the primary school entrepreneurs who took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme All-Ireland Showcase Day.
Some 5,500 children from 30 counties arrived by bus to display their classroom projects — which have created an astonishing profit of €198,000 from sales of €320,000 since the start of the year.
It’s the tenth year of the programme which is headed by entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly and sponsored by his company Tweak. It is supported by other entrepreneurs in their localities throughout Ireland.
Teacher Fiona Santry of Castlemartyr National School’s charges won ‘Class of the Year’ for a creative business called ‘GalackTyco Trading Cards’.
The back story revolved around a space age story about the GalackTyco galaxy created by the pupils, along with a wide range of planets and warring characters seeking control of the galaxy.
Every pupil invested in the venture and they finally netted a profit of €717 from sales of €1,118.
They weren’t the only Cork award-winners on the day.
St Anthony’s National School from Ballinlough, with teacher Cranait Fahy, picked up the Genius Product award from RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan for their Mama-G’s Sting Solution Kit of colour-coded plasters containing customised remedies for different types of stings.
The most profitable winner was a 308-page quiz book called Beat the Quiz Master by Scoil Na Mbraithre in Tuam, Co Galway, which included 3,000 questions for children and adults. This mammoth publishing task created a profit of €8,799 from €12,000 sales.