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Project information

Business Beginnings 2019

Nurturing future entrepreneurs aged 10-11. Target is for 1,200 young people to set up and run their mini-business over 6 weeks, mentored by a business advisor. They will create a product, develop marketing, sell to the public at YE markets, and develop employability skills for life.

January 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Young Enterprise Northern Ireland

Young Enterprise Northern Ireland
  • Need


    Northern Ireland needs to rebalance our economy where there is an over dependence on public sector employment. To do this we need to nurture a culture of self start entrepreneurs, and encourage young people to think more about there future career pathways. To succeed in work, young people will need to have a high level of skills and be prepared for the changing economy,


    The Business Beginnings project exposes young people aged 10-11 to the world of business & entrepreneurship. Over 6 weeks they work with a business mentor to develop a business idea, market their product, & sell to the public at a Young Enterprise Trade Fair. This gives them the opportunity to develop skills for work & life, experience business & get a taste for entrepreneurship at an early age, so that as they form ideas about future careers they are inspired & know their strengths.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage 600 young people in the Business Beginnings project from Jan-June 2018


    » Recruit 600 young people from 25 schools across N Ireland
    » Deliver the Business Beginnings programme to them over 6 weeks

    What success will look like

    600 young people will complete the programme in this time frame.

    Aim 2

    Involve 25 mentors from the local business community to support the groups


    » Recruit 25 business volunteers & match the, to the groups

    What success will look like

    25 mentors will be involved in the programme & provide mentor support to the young people

    Aim 3

    Host Trade Fair in May 2018 to provide a showcase for the young people to sell their products


    » Work with local shopping centre to provide students with selling opportunity

    What success will look like

    Trade Fair will take place & students will have opportunity to sell their products

  • Impact


    The change will be in relation to the development of skills in the young people involved & the impact on their attitude towards their potential careers. The impact will be assessed through evaluation of the programme using pre/post programme surveys. This will assess the awareness of the young people in relation to their skills (communication, teamwork, financial capability) & their confidence in their abilities. It will also measure entrepreneurial intent, ie likely to start a business.


    The key risk is not getting sufficient involvement from young people. We have relationships with 200 Schools across N Ireland on other programmes & are confident we will be able to recruit.
    In terms of child protection as a risk, we screen all business advisors to ensure they are not a risk.


    A monthly report on progress will be provided with key measures on numbers participating to date. An invite to the Trade Fair to see the impact will be provided. A final report on impact and activity will be produced.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Promotion Marketing programme to volunteers & schools
      £2,000 Volunteer recruitment & traini Recruitment of 25 mentors, 4 training sessions to train on programme, child protection checks & admi
      £5,000 Programme delivery Programme materials & staff delivery across 25 schools
      £500 Event Promotion & marketing of Trade Fair event
  • Background


    Northern Ireland - schools across the area. Trade Fair to be held in Belfast.


    600 young people aged 10-11

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Young Enterprise NI has over 30 years expertise in developing entrepreneurship & enterprise skills of young people. Our Company programme is well established & proven to develop skills of young people. The project uses this methodology and applies it to a younger age group for early age inspiration.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Deborah Lamberton

    Head of Programmes Deborah is experienced in running large scale projects for the charity, on a NI wide basis

    Rachael Armstrong

    Programme Manager Rachael is experienced in volunteer management & in working with Primary schools, with established relationships with the sector.

Business Beginnings


Will pay for a child to have a Young Enterprise experience