On Thursday 18th May a team of 6 young budding entrepreneurs from Presentation Primary Listowel with their company “Kool Kiddie Ltd” were chosen as one of Munster
representatives to go forward to the national finals of Bank of Ireland Bizworld to be held in Athlone on 21st June. Bizworld in association with Bank of Ireland have run over 200 entrepreneurial workshops in primary schools nationwide in the last 12 months.
The girls company “Kool kiddie Ltd” produces Kool Kiddie packs which are child friendly entertainment packs to be sold in vending machines in A and E departments in hospitals across Ireland. Managing director Sasha Griffin explained that it was the nightmare
experience of being stuck for hours in A and E as a result of a football injury that inspired her to come up with the idea. The girls participated in a two day entrepreneurial workshop under the guidance of Geraldine Enright of Bank of Ireland where they learned important skills such as critical thinking, decision making, risk analysis, teamwork, entrepreneurship and leadership whilst also having lots of fun. They then had the fantastic opportunity along with 6 other teams of presenting their business proposal to none other than Gavin Duffy of Dragons Den. Gavin was so impressed with their idea that they were then chosen as one of the Kerry representatives to go forward to the Munster/Regional finals, which were held last week in Mary immaculate college in Limerick.
The dragons this time were Kerry footballer Killian Young, former Tipp manager Liam Sheehy and Dr Maeve Liston from the college. 9 teams from across Munster pitched their business ideas and once again the Listowel girls were victorious. The presentation Primary Listowel team consists of Sasha Griffin, Kimberley McCarthy, Ella Louise McGlynn, Lauren Shine, Niamh Horgan and Chloe McCarthy (Photo by Sean Curtin True Media. Great credit goes to their teachers Kay Murphy, Trish Dalton and Joanne Ferguson. Best of luck to the girls who will be flying the kerry flag in the national finals in the coming weeks.