I am looking forward to attending Villiers School on the North Circular Road, Limerick this Thursday to meet the students for their market day as part of the 2013 Student Enterprise Competition organised by Limerick City Enterprise Board. I was delighted to be asked to be a member of the Limerick City judging panel along with Gillian Horan, Business Consult and Graham Royce, Mentor & Coach.The Student Enterprise Awards is a national initiative. I attended the national final a few years ago – the business ideas were brilliant and the presentation and business execution were very impressive. The business plans from the 8 Limerick City schools have to be submitted by the 20th of February and this year’s final takes place in the Strand Hotel on the 6th March next. It really is a great way to learn about business and real world enterprise.
Donncha Hughes is a mentor, trainer and business advisor. He delivers group and one to one training on Start Your Own Business, Lean Startup, Marketing, Sales and has a particular interest in Business Plans. My other website is www.startupwebtraining.com which i use to promote my Website Creation services.
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Looking forward to Tuesday 5th February as visiting three Limerick schools. Gaelscoil Cholaiste in the morning followed by Scoil Carmel and visiting Presentation Secondary School in the afternoon. Lots of enterprising groups to meet.