Photo by Michael Cooper
Pictured are Charlie Henry (left) and James Logan, pupils from St Louis Grammar with Invest NI Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton.
St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena has won Invest Northern Ireland’s 2013 Step ‘N’ Zones Competition, with a business idea for football boots with deployable studs.
The competition was held during Global Entrepreneurship Week (18-22 November 2013) and attracted over 1,300 pupils from 40 schools across Northern Ireland.
Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI’s Chief Executive said: “This is the third year we have run this competition as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and yet again we have been very impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the pupils that took part.
“Entrepreneurship is vital to the future of our economy so it is important that we inspire our young people and provide them with the knowledge and confidence they need to pursue their ambition. The Step ‘N’ Zones competition is a great way to introduce young people to the idea of entrepreneurship and to help them develop skills such as communication, negotiation and problem solving.”
The competition challenged the pupils to develop a business idea with support around idea generation, market research, branding, finance and planning. The winning team, James and Charlie, developed an idea for football boots that can be worn on any surface due to their deployable studs. The judges were particularly impressed with the team’s presentation skills, attention to detail and sales strategy.
The school will receive the top prize of £1,000 and £100 high street vouchers for each member of the winning team.
Rathfriland High School won second prize with their idea LOCK – a home security system that can be connected to an app and used on any smart phone. Lumen Christi College, Londonderry, were runners-up in the competition with their idea Ye Olde Cafe – a mobile high end cafe van selling luxury products at major public events.