Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's budding entrepreneurs offered paid internships and chance to win £10k

By John Mulgrew

The Northern Ireland Science Park is offering budding entrepreneurs six paid internships - with the added chance of landing a £10,000 investment.

The Generation Innovation programme will offer the lucky few £2,000 towards building and developing their ideas, during the summer months.

And while developing their projects, the six teenage entrepreneurs - aged between 15 and 18 - will receive eight weeks of coaching.

That advice includes marketing, finance, legal and pitch training.

And after honing and growing their business idea, they will pitch to a panel of judges - with the intern behind the idea showing the "greatest commercial potential" receiving an additional £10,000.

Dr Joanne Stuart from the Northern Ireland Science Park said: "We reckon the opportunity to get paid to run your own business is as good as it gets for a teenager with entrepreneurial ambition.

"This is also an incredible networking and mentoring opportunity which gives the young entrepreneurs access to the innovation network the Science Park has developed over the last four years.

"Each student will receive one-to-one mentoring from one of our entrepreneurs in residence, who are highly skilled and have a proven track record in business and innovation."

The in-house entrepreneurs will then pass on their help and advice to the young creative interns.

And aside from one walking away with £10,000, they will also receive mentoring for a year to assist with developing their business idea.

For more information visit www.generationinnovation.co. The closing date for applications is May 29.

Belfast Telegraph

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