Carlow's youngest entrepreneurs to take part in the Student … – Irish Independent

The market will allow students to showcase and exhibit their business ideas outside of their own school environment to a wider audience

Carlow students celebrate the launch of the Student Enterprise Programme Christmas Craft Fair

Young budding entrepreneurs will take to Carlow Town this Christmas to showcase their business ideas at the Student Enterprise Christmas Market.

As part of the national Student Enterprise Programme, young entrepreneurs from schools all over Carlow will be participating in a dedicated Student Enterprise Christmas Market at The Exchange in Carlow town, taking place on Thursday December 7 and 8 from 11am.

This will allow students the opportunity to showcase and exhibit their business ideas outside of their own school environment to a wider audience.

So far this year, there are just under 900 students registered to take part in the Student Enterprise Programme across nine schools in County Carlow.

The Carlow schools taking part are St Mary’s Knockbeg College, St Leo’s College, Presentation College, St Mary’s Academy CBS, Tullow Community School, Tyndall College, Colaiste Eoin, Borris Vocational School and Presentation De la Salle.

Throughout the academic year, students are exposed to all of the realities and challenges faced when setting up and running a small business as they navigate each stage of business development from market research and production to marketing and selling.

This is all with a view to unearthing and developing entrepreneurial skills, as well as highlighting self-employment as a viable career choice for the students in the future.

Sarah Byrne, Business Advisor from LEO Carlow explained the programme has been very successful in Carlow this year.

“This year we have record numbers partaking in the programme across the county.

“The Student Enterprise Programme is all about encouraging and developing our next generation of small business owners, and this market gives students an invaluable opportunity to gain real-world trading experience.

“From handcrafted gifts to tasty treats and much more, there is sure to be something for everyone and we encourage family, friends and the wider community to come out and support our young student entrepreneurs.”

The Beat 102 103 fleet will also be dropping by on the day and there will be spot prizes for some lucky shoppers who support our student businesses.