Local students make their mark in the world of business

Over 1400 local students have made their mark on Global Entrepreneurship Week by taking part in a national competition which aims to help young people gain business skills for the future.

Funded locally by Invest Northern Ireland and sponsored by the Department of Education, the Make Your Mark Challenge saw 1434 NI students aged 14-19, representing 42 post primary schools and colleges, take up the challenge to develop a profitable, original business idea based on a secret brief revealed online at midnight on 15 November.

With a carbon neutral theme, teams of four to six young people spent yesterday locked in discussions on various business ideas inspired by something local which would minimise any impact on the environment.

The Northern Ireland final judging session will take place on 27 November and the winning teams will progress to the UK final in London in December, where they will have an opportunity to win £1,000 to further develop their concept.

Ian Murphy, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Clients and Entrepreneurship, says: “We have a new generation of bright, intelligent young people in Northern Ireland who have a vast amount of entrepreneurial talent, enthusiasm and originality. This must be harnessed in order to ensure that future generations have the confidence and ability to progress in the business world.

“Make Your Mark is just one of a number of initiatives supported by Invest NI which aim to help prepare young people for real life business situations. The response to the competition has been extremely positive and I hope that many young entrepreneurs benefit from the opportunity to test their business skills.”