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Its the Kids, Stupid

One of the interesting things about the BT Young Scientists competition this year was the winner – a young Cork student who invented a low cost, low tech biomass-fired cooking stove for the developing world. Richard O’Shea from Blarney is now working with Trocaire and Concern to get these to the developing world as quick as possible. Like the stove mentioned in an earlier blog, this one is also safer to use and will help the environment – the double or treble bottom line in action.

I have always thought that the entrepreneurial future of this country is in the young – even the tech transfer out of the university sector. Look at the top tech start-ups of recent times: Yahoo, Google, Facebook – all students, from undergraduates to postdocs. Not just academics.

Perhaps we should be concentrating more on our students in terms of entrepreneurial pursuits. We should be widening entrepreneurship, and indeed social entrepreneurship, teaching and training in all levels of education. Indeed not only should entrepreneurship be taught in second level schools, but is there room for social enterprise to be developed in the school system, never mind in higher education?

  1. anne duffy
    February 26, 2010 at 10:13

    Enterprise development is alive and well in transition year in some schools. I know a young woman who with some classmates developed an “invisible shelf”, they have sold several, and when I asked where the profit goes she said they share it equally between the members of the group. It’s not social entrepreneurship, but it’s definitely raising the awareness of enterprise. If that awareness was combined more with awareness of the social return on investment concept as with the BT winner then schools are definitely where that early education belongs.

    BUT – adults are people too. Investment in entrepreneurship education needs also to take place where communities have been failed by the education system and for those excluded from third level or indeed second level education.

  2. Marie Therese
    February 26, 2010 at 12:57

    I think it’s a mindset that needs nurturing even in primary school going children. It’s also linked to developing thinking skills (at all stages of our development)and promoting attitudes of success from a young age. Children have such naturally creative problem solving skills that, if we only listen to them, are the beginnings of the skills needed to be an entrepreneur.

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