Search on for our Junior Entrepeneur

Search on for our Junior Entrepeneur

Do you have a budding Michael O Leary, Norah Casey or Lord Alan Sugar in your house?

Would you like your child to have the chance to participate in a unique programme which brings their existing curriculum and the world of business together in a fun environment?

5th and 6th class primary students in schools throughout Kilkenny County are being given the chance to become involved in an award winning programme which will see them mentored by business people from their own communities willing to share their experience with them.

Local entrepreneur Michael Hoyne of Merlyn Showering is to provide the 12 week programme free to schools and students throughout Kilkenny wishing to participate.

Michael said the standard of projects and the skills of the students involved last year exceeded all his expectations; “This is our second year as county partner for the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. These 11 and 12 year old business people are just as enthusiastic and capable as more seasoned business people and I’d be very confident for Kilkenny’s future under their watch”.

Aideen Sheehan from Piltown National School was one of the teachers participating in last year’s Programme – “The children are learning life skills and managing to put them into practice. It will be something they will carry on through life. I have found that children who were quiet to begin with manage to become more confident.”

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme brings entrepreneurship into primary schools and helps students develop existing skills such as literacy and numeracy but also new skills such as problem solving, technology, communication, team building, confidence and creative thinking.

Schools have just two weeks to sign up though and can do so by contacting May Stokes at Merlyn Showering by emailing or logging on to

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme was founded by Jerry Kennelly of and developed with Mary Immaculate College Limerick. It aims to sow the seeds of entrepreneurship in the community, and provides young people with the skills, support and abilities they will need for the future.

To date over 26,000 primary school students throughout Ireland have taken part in the programme building up a strong alumni of future business leaders.

For further details on this year’s Junior Entrepreneur Programme in Kilkenny or to speak with sponsor Michael Hoyne, contact May Stokes on or 085 1146727

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