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Aspiring entrepreneurs sell ideas at St George's Market in Belfast

Carol Fitzsimons MBE of Young Enterprise with student Tommy Orr, Rob Smyth from Allstate NI and Cathy Martin, Young Enterprise ambassador
Carol Fitzsimons MBE of Young Enterprise with student Tommy Orr, Rob Smyth from Allstate NI and Cathy Martin, Young Enterprise ambassador

By Staff Reporter

Over 700 students have taken to St George's Market in Belfast to showcase and sell their business ideas as part of a Young Enterprise event.

Aimed at 14-25 year olds, the Young Enterprise Big Market saw students who were enrolled in the Young Enterprise Quick Start and Start Up programmes bring their ideas before the public, business leaders and a panel of judges.

Over 70 businesses attended, selling products including story books, hair accessories, dog products and collapsible coffee mugs among other items.

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Young Enterprise chief executive, said the event is vital to prepare students for future success.

She said: "Embedding entrepreneurial education into school programmes is one of the most important ways to prepare our children for life beyond the classroom.

"Today, students need much more than a good academic grounding to excel, and learning linked to real-life situations is always more meaningful.

"Throughout the day we watched our young entrepreneurs execute all their learning from the programmes to connect with not just their customers, but also their competitors and team-mates on the day."

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