Connemara to host national final for young entrepreneurs

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Four Gaeltacht schools will take part in the national final of Clár na gComhlachtaí, the competition for young entrepreneurs, which will be held at the Connemara Coast Hotel on Thursday, April 20.

The contest will see teams of young people compete for the opportunity to participate in the Junior Achievement Europe Final which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in July.

Clár na gComhlachtaí is a joint venture between Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland, which aims to give Gaeltacht second-level students some experience of the life of an entrepreneur.

There will be two teams from the Kerry Gaeltacht, both representing Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne – with their projects Soláthróirí Spóirt and Firicí Fánacha.

Last year’s winners were Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara in Carna, Conamara, and they will be   hoping they can win for a second year, with two competing projects, Cuimhní ag Fás and Anseo Anois.

Two teams from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair will be representing the Donegal Gaeltacht, with the projects, Crainnte Cruthaitheach and Voltas.

And on behalf of the Mayo Gaeltacht, Nails by Ciara is the project of the team from Coláiste Pobail Acla.

There was fierce competition in the local rounds of the competition and the Gaeltacht Transition Year students running these seven mini-companies are now competing for a place in the European championship.

Although the competition will take place on Thursday, an exciting programme has been laid out for the participants over two days.

On Wednesday, April 19, they will visit the University of Galway, where they will meet the President of the University, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh.

They will have the opportunity to display their own projects and meet students involved in innovation at the university.

The Gaeltacht teenagers will also receive information and guidance on the range of courses at the University of Galway which are related to the Irish language or conducted through Irish.

Before the competition, the young entrepreneurs will have a training session with the marketing company Lorg Media, who will give them guidance as to the best way to present their ideas and business proposals.

Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Director of Enterprise, Employment and Property, Dearbháil Ní Chualáin, said it is a great opportunity for the young people to come together and present their business ideas to each other and to the wider community.

“We see this competition in a wider educational context, and we consider the time they will spend in the University of Galway during this visit as very important in this regard,” said Dearbháil.

“I am sure that the lessons the young people learn during these two days will remain with them throughout their education and later on, when they themselves will be joining the world of work.”