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Student Views 2013-2014

At the start of the year we were told that we were doing a module on enterprise with Mr Fitzgerald that is run by Foroige. We were told that it would involve setting up and running our own business. We were told that we could do this either on our own or as a group of no more than three in the business. Each member of the group was given a loan of €15 to help set up the business and buy any stock we needed. Straight away we had to start to think of the business we wanted to set up and to try and produce a sample of our product as soon as possible while learning about all the different parts of our business that we would have to think about. After Christmas we had to start planning for our trade fair that we organised. We all had to have our products ready to display and sell on the 13th of February in G5/G6. On the day we all made posters for our business, samples of our products and decorated our display that we were given. Then one by one each year group and the teachers came down to see our products. This was our opportunity to make sales and to take orders for our products. The day was a great success as each group made some sales and took some orders. After the trade fair we had to focus on getting our business plan ready for the Dragons Den in March. On the day we were all in G8 preparing to pitch our idea and business plan to the panel of three judges that Mr Fitzgerald organised for us. We were all assigned times and after every business had presented their business, the Dragons announced one winner from TYB and TYC. The winning groups, Cake Bites and Dust Away, got to represent the school at the NFTE regional finals in DCU in April. The top three businesses in each class got to go to Griffith College in Dublin for a series of workshops. Cake Bites, by Tara McHale and Sherry Surhab in TYB, qualified for the national final on the 1st of May in the Helix in DCU. We all get to go to the national finals and we will all get a certificate to say we completed the programme on that day. The NFTE module and competition has taught me a lot about setting up my own business and everything that is involved in it. It was a brilliant experience and one of the highlights of TY.

Student Views 2014-2015

At the start of the year we were told that we were doing a module on enterprise with Mr Fitzgerald that is run by Foroige. We were told that it would involve setting up and running our own business. We were told that we could do this either on our own or as a group of no more than three in the business. Each member of the group was given a loan of €15 to help set up the business and buy any stock we needed. My business was called Black Book Jewellery, which as the name suggests, was a jewellery business. My business partners and I imported pieces of jewellery from China and began to make our own jewellery from them. At Christmas my business along with two businesses from my class were picked to attend the Trade Fair in RDS in Dublin where we got the chance to sell our products to the public. This was quite successful and every business made some money.

In February our whole class had a trade fair in the school and every business got to sell their products. This was very successful and businesses made a lot of money which they used to pay back the loan to our teacher Mr Fitzgerald. In March every business had to present their business plan at the Coláiste Bríde Dragons Den. We presented our business plan for 10 minutes and then answered any questions the dragons had and showed our products to the dragons. My business was chosen as the winner of the competition in Coláiste Bríde and as result we got to represent the school at the regional finals in the Foroige Offices in Tallaght. I presented the business plan to the judges on the day but unfortunately we didn’t get through to the national finals. However I am proud that we got as far as we did in the competition. I really enjoyed this programme as we got to start whatever business we wanted and I became closer to my business partners and we hope to keep our business going over the summer and into next year.

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