Bizworld in 4th class

Bizworld is two day workshop for primary school children aged 10-13. It is a nationwide programme run by Bank of Ireland where children learn about business, money management  and enterprise in a fun and creative way. It is based on the ‘Dragon’s Den’ idea where children are put into groups to set up their own company, a business idea and present their idea to a panel of dragons with the hope that they will invest in their product or service.

Keith Higgins from Bank of Ireland delivered this 2 day workshop with the help of his colleagues Emma and Niall. They assisted the groups  with setting up their company, agreeing on an idea, marketing the idea and  presenting a pitch and a TV ad for the dragons!

On the 2nd day of the workshop, the groups put all their work into practice when they presented their idea to the dragons and thankfully the dragons invested in all the ideas and gave away their ‘bizbucks’!

The ideas the girls came up with were ‘car-cam’, ‘audiobooks’, ‘ perfect flowers’, ‘picture fixer’ and ‘faster food’. The girls will showcase their ideas during the Enterprise town event in Clarin College on 6th May. They will also be presented with their ‘Bizworld certificates’ by the master of Dragons- Gavin Duffy and other well-known celebrities.

Over the 2 days, the girls learned how to work as a team, problem solve, communicate and it greatly built their confidence standing in front of their classmates  and a group of ‘dragons’ to deliver a presentation.

Many thanks to Keith Higgins, his colleagues and Mary Rohan from Bank of Ireland for giving us the opportunity to take part in this initiative and to the dragons- Damien Gardiner, Sharon Lally, and Fergal Melia for taking time out of their day to be involved in the workshop.

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