This week starts off the first of our many NFTE Regional Finals taking place around the country over the months of March and April. Since September over 3000 young budding entrepreneurs have been working hard to create and develop their very own business through the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme. The young people have been working extremely hard on their business plans and products to showcase and compete for a place in their regional final. The regional finals will give young people an opportunity to present and pitch their business plans and ideas to a panel of judges and a chance to represent their region at the National NFTE Finals, Celebration and Recognition Awards on the 9th of May.
Caroline Cooke, NFTE SYO says,
"It is a very exciting year for NFTE with all our new schools and youth projects taking part in NFTE around the country.This year we will see a number of new counties taking part for the first time and with the growth of numbers in sites means we can offer more young people an opportunity to take part in the awards so they can receive recognition for all their hard work, dedication and achievements. This year we have introduced two days of National Semi-finals and we have also introduced new categories such as the best social innovation award, the best digital marketing award and special recognition award. The introduction of more regional and semi finals would not be possible without the support of our business volunteers and entrepreneurs who are kindly offering their time and support to all the young people to represent on our judging panels, supporting with workshops and mentoring the young people in their entrepreneurial pursuit around the country. This year's young entrepreneur of the year 2019 will be announced on the 9th of May at the National Awards Final and will represent Ireland to compete at the European Awards final in Barcelona in November. We would like to wish all the young people the very best of luck over the coming months with all the exciting opportunities to come."