Cork students given real-world business experience

Cork students given real-world business experience
Business Ideas Boot Camp in Otterbox Cork Offices, an initiative run by Cork City School's Programme. Photo Siobhán Russell

STUDENTS from 12 Cork city secondary schools were this week given the opportunity to gain some first-hand knowledge into the running of a thriving business when they attended an entrepreneurial mentoring day at the offices of OtterBox on George’s Quay.

Sancta Jatson: St. Aloysius Girl's School; Abbie Surgeoner: Bishopstown Community School; Oisín Grimes: Colaiste Dáibhéid: Cian O'Reilly & Gavin Malone: Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown alongside Judit Guerrero: Nagle College at the Business Ideas Boot Camp in Otterbox Cork Offices, an initiative run by Cork City School's Programme, 8th November 2018. Photo Siobhan Russell
Sancta Jatson: St. Aloysius Girl's School; Abbie Surgeoner: Bishopstown Community School; Oisín Grimes: Colaiste Dáibhéid: Cian O'Reilly & Gavin Malone: Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown alongside Judit Guerrero: Nagle College at the Business Ideas Boot Camp in Otterbox Cork Offices, an initiative run by Cork City School's Programme, 8th November 2018. Photo Siobhan Russell

The students were invited to participate in a busy working day at OtterBox’s European, Middle East & Asia (EMEA) headquarters in the city, taking part in conference calls, business development meetings, a planning meeting on marketing and business strategies and more.

The students were also invited to discuss their own business ideas while receiving feedback from their respective mentors.

Shane Murphy: Mentor with Oisín Grimes: Coláiste Dáibhéid at the Business Ideas Boot Camp in Otterbox Cork Offices, an initiative run by Cork City School's Programme. Photo Siobhán Russell
Shane Murphy: Mentor with Oisín Grimes: Coláiste Dáibhéid at the Business Ideas Boot Camp in Otterbox Cork Offices, an initiative run by Cork City School's Programme. Photo Siobhán Russell

The initiative was developed by the Cork City Local Enterprise Office Schools Enterprise Programme and brought together students from St Aloysius Girls’ School, Bishopstown Community School, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Scoil Mhuire, Nagle College, North Presentation Girls’ School, Christ the King, Presentation Boy’s School, Mardyke, St Angela’s School, St Vincent’s School, Coláiste Daibhéid, Christian Brothers College, St Francis College, Rochestown.

Claire Lyons, General Counsel at OtterBox, complimented the Cork students on their budding business acumen.

She said: “This is our third year involved with the Local Enterprise Office Cork City’s Schools Enterprise Programme and once again the staff here at OtterBox have been delighted to work with the students on any number of potentially good business ideas. It is in keeping with our mandate to focus on young people and by coming to our offices here, we hope they get an opportunity to see a little of what is at the end of the journey for a successful business idea.”

Colleen O'Connor with Aiste Vaitkute (St.Aloysius Girl's School) & Laiah Amann (St. Angela's Girl's School) at the Business Ideas Boot Camp in Otterbox Cork Offices, an initiative run by Cork City School's Programme. Photo Siobhán Russell
Colleen O'Connor with Aiste Vaitkute (St.Aloysius Girl's School) & Laiah Amann (St. Angela's Girl's School) at the Business Ideas Boot Camp in Otterbox Cork Offices, an initiative run by Cork City School's Programme. Photo Siobhán Russell

During a busy day at the OtterBox office, the students were advised in areas of business by OtterBox staff such as e-commerce, marketing, HR, legal, sales, customer service, supply chain and finance.

Theresa Mulvihill, Coordinator for Student Enterprise Programme for Cork city, said: “We are really excited this year to see the amazing talent and innovative ideas that Cork city students have come up with. The involvement of schools and teachers are vital to the success of the Student Enterprise Programme and we are delighted to have such support here from both here in Cork city.”

The Local Enterprise Office is located at City Hall, Cork City Council, and it is excited to announce the next event on the Student Enterprise calendar is set for Blackpool Shopping Centre on December 6.


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