YOUNG Enterprise Northern Ireland recently launched its Company Programme and 25th Anniversary celebrations with a little help from Jedi Jim.
‘Jedi’ Jim Eastwood, star of ‘The Apprentice’, teamed up with Northern Ireland’s leading business and enterprise education charity to inspire the next generation of young local entrepreneurs.
The beginning of the new academic year traditionally sees around 1,500 young people establishing their own mini enterprise through the charity’s Company Programme, and this year Jim surprised students attending the event with a guest appearance, to inspire them as they start their journey.
The workshop, held at Southern Regional College’s Lurgan campus, was one of a series for new Company Programme students throughout the Province, aimed at motivating and inspiring them to create a successful enterprise, as well as providing practical hints and tips for new managers in the areas of Leadership, HR, Finance, IT, Operations and Creativity.
With the support of a volunteer mentor from the local business community, the students will establish and manage their company over the course of the academic year, and test their new sales and marketing skills at trade fairs throughout Northern Ireland in December and March. The winning company will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in Belfast next May, and receive the opportunity to compete in the HSBC Young Enterprise UK Innovation Awards in London in July.
Carol Fitzsimons, CEO of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Jim Eastwood to this Young Enterprise Northern Ireland event.
“Over the last 25 years, Company Programme has produced many enterprising success stories, and Jim’s business experience on ‘The Apprentice’ will undoubtedly inspire the students as they start this experience.
“I don’t doubt that his innovative approach will also kick-start our achievers’ entrepreneurial creativity, inspiring them to become future business leaders and igniting that spark that can lead to enterprise creation.”