Budding entrepreneurs at Derry’s Lumen Christi College have seen their idea for a mobile high end cafe van take third place in a northern wide business competition for schools.
Held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Invest Northern Ireland’s 2013 Step ‘N’ Zones competition involved more than 1,300 pupils from 40 schools in the North.
The Derry school’s entry, in which the mobile eatery named ‘Ye Olde Cafe’ would sell luxury products at major public events, came third.
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 judges were particularly impressed with the team’s presentation skills, attention to detail and sales strategy.
The school will receive £250 and £25 high street vouchers for each member of the team.