“I was truly excited to be asked to act as the ‘Venture Capitalist’ for a workshop. I found it fantastic to see how the pupils had completely absorbed the entire programme and took the pitch for funding very seriously. I never thought negotiating with eleven-year-olds would be so challenging!”

Ronan Foley
Chief Executive, IPB Insurance

“The development of an enterprise culture at an early age is vital to the development of entrepreneurs for the future. Programmes like BizWorld are very important for the development of that entrepreneurial spirit.”

Éamon Ryan
Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office, Limerick

“The BizWorld programme must be applauded for its inclusiveness – every child, regardless of ability, was fully engaged at all times. The programme integrates well with many curricular areas, including literacy, numeracy, visual arts, SPHE, SESE and ICT.”

Marion McLoone
Marion McLoone, Principal, St. Gabriel’s NS, Dublin 7

“The workshops are hands-on and promote critical thinking, leadership and teamwork in the classroom, teaching students the basics of business, entrepreneurship and money management.”

Joan Burton
Former Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection

“I witnessed the work of BizWorld first hand when I was a judge at the wonderful BizFactor event in April 2016. There was a huge buzz in the RDS generated by the kids energy and enthusiasm. I really enjoyed seeing the excitement on the faces of the kids similar in age to my own son. I couldn’t believe the standard of the presentations and passion of the pitchers… all the judges were blown away. The teamwork was seamless. Each pupil knew their specific role and how they contributed to the overall team goal of selling their proposition on stage. Some were nervous but their teammates always stepped in to support when needed. We adults often forget how resilient and adaptable our primary school kids can be. They clearly relished the opportunity to win the hearts and minds of the judges and audience of their peers. The business ideas were really creative, lots of fun and well thought out. Some solutions were designed to solve more serious problems that the kids themselves felt were challenges for their fellow pupils such as anti-bullying warning systems. All teams were clearly passionate about their own business, and immensely proud of their job titles from technical directors to CEO’s. It was clear that by forming business teams, several pupils got to be included in new groups of classmates and new friends were made. Building enough confidence to pitch your own idea with your friends is a valuable life skill to possess and a rewarding one for our children. Given the new era of entrepreneurship and startup culture sweeping across the world. it’s great to have a fun way to introduce simple business basics to Ireland’s next generation of Whizz Kids! BizWorld is filling a gap in the traditional educational curriculum in a really enjoyable way.”

 

 

John McKiernan | Head of External Collaboration (XCAB) | ESB

 

The project managed to incorporate English, Maths, SESE, SPHE, Art, Music and Drama in a realistic, practical setting. The challenges for the students encouraged them to cooperate, problem-solve, think critically and constantly re-assess their progress. At all times, the children were involved, regardless of ability, and they were using skills that would be vital for adults in post-recession 21st Century Ireland.”

“Critical thinking, entrepreneurship, money management and presentation skills are key life skills. We are delighted to be supporting the delivery of enterprise workshops to schools in our county. In this academic year [2015-2016], up to 850 local primary-school students will directly benefit from participation in these two-day classroom-based programmes. We aim to provide children with the tools and inspiration to someday become employers themselves.”

“I can safely say that I have never observed a more effective learning experience taking place over such a short period of time. The expertise, application and attitude of the tutors was first class. I am quite confident that the skills the children learned and practised will stand to them as learners – and, in some cases, in business – in the future.”

“I was very impressed by the structure, content and delivery of the workshop. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout. The activity was focused on group-work and thus challenged them to work as a team and achieve results… The content was delivered through the full range of curriculum areas. It also provided a practical basis for how we can implement Maths, English, Art and ICT, etc. in everyday life. The children learned a great deal about the structure of business and in some ways de-stigmatised business as something only for the ‘rich’ or ‘privileged’… The competition aspect meant that the boys were very motivated throughout and they worked hard so as to do the best job for their company.”

“The development of an enterprise culture at an early age is vital to the development of entrepreneurs for the future. Over the past two years, our programmes in the primary-school sector have shown us that pupils of 11 or 12 years of age can easily understand the basics of enterprise and starting a business. Programmes like BizWorld are very important for the development of that entrepreneurial spirit.”

“The two days that BizWorld spent with my Sixth Class were productive, exciting, innovative and challenging, exposing the children to a whole new experience… As a teacher, I found it so interesting to see children that I have taught all year shine in so many areas. The skills of accounting, negotiation, teamwork, compromise were called upon to complete the tasks set successfully… A fantastic and new way to bring practical and entrepreneurial skills into the classroom!”

“I watched as children collaborated, made decisions, thought outside the box, recognised their own skills and talents, as well as acknowledged the strengths of the other children in their group and communicated with each other with respect and professionalism, which was promoted and encouraged the tutor at all times. The extent of the learning the children participated in throughout the two days was staggering and the benefits to the class are immeasurable and I believe will be of enormous help to them in their future years.”

“As a CEO and a father, I have admired the principles behind the BizWorld Ireland programme ever since I first became aware of it in late 2011. I believe that giving our children the right tools as early as possible is crucial. I was truly excited to be asked to act as the ‘Venture Capitalist’ for a workshop at the Loreto Primary School in Dalkey and to be given the opportunity to see the programme in action for myself. The afternoon I spent with the pupils was amazing. The hands-on and practical nature of the workshop meant that the students were able to understand the various concepts relating to money-management, critical thinking, teamwork, etc. and how these are applicable in real life situations. I found it fantastic to see how the pupils had completely absorbed the entire programme and took the pitch for funding very seriously. I never thought negotiating with eleven-year-olds would be so challenging but then, with two daughters of my own, I should have known better! … I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to get involved with the BizWorld Ireland programme to do so.”

“The BizWorld programme must be applauded for its inclusiveness – every child, regardless of ability, was fully engaged at all times. The feedback from the participating pupils was extremely positive and they would relish the opportunity to participate in this programme again. The programme integrates well with many curricular areas, including literacy, numeracy, visual arts, SPHE, SESE and ICT.”

In order to ensure sustainable economic development, we must ensure all areas and all members of society have access to enterprise supports and an understanding of entrepreneurship. The Local Enterprise Office provides a range of support and services to aspiring entrepreneurs, with a particular focus on assisting micro and small businesses. I am pleased to see it is including people of all ages in its remit, and offering tailored supports to young people through its partnership with BizWorld Ireland.”

“I was delighted to visit Bizworld and see at first-hand how this excellent programme works. The workshops are hands-on and promote critical thinking, leadership and teamwork in the classroom, teaching students the basics of business, entrepreneurship and money management. Given the globalised economy we now live in, and the challenges people face within that economy, these are hugely important skills and it is great for students to get an awareness of them from a young age.”

“I learned that business is harder that it seems I now love business more than I did before. I will use these skills in future because I realised I am actually really good with computers! I enjoyed the selling the most!”

“I learned that you can’t just go ahead and make your own business. I used to think that I am just a child and that I can’t do it, but now I can just go to Dun Laoghaire Local Enterprise Office and they will help me. When I am making a deal with somebody I will try and haggle them. I enjoyed selling to the other fifth classes and making the posters.”

“If you run a bussiness, you have to give money to your workers. You have to pay money for ads on TV, for the furniture and the building to rent it. I might use the skills I learnt to open a business of some sort so I can try and become a millionaire and sell world wide products. I most enjoyed meeting the dragon because we were able to tell her about our business and how much of our business we would give her for a certain amount of BizBucks.”