Derry college celebrates 10th Global Entrepreneurship Week

St Mary’s College launched its 10th Global Entrepreneurship Week last week, and none other than Sarah Friar, CEO and co-founder of US tech company Nextdoor, was on hand to talk to students from the college and schools in the neighboring Foyle Learning Community. start

The former Strabane native described Monday as an amazing start to talking to the teenagers at St Mary’s about creating jobs and kicking off World Entrepreneurship Week 2022.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was created in 2008 by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and is designed to encourage potential entrepreneurs, especially young people, to start their own businesses. The network seeks to highlight the positive impact that entrepreneurs can have, especially in terms of innovation and sustainable development.

Every year, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, researchers and about 25,000 organizations engage in entrepreneurship education and improving entrepreneurial opportunities.

During her speech to the students on Monday, Ms. Friar explained the four principles she lives by, with number four being the hardest, and quoted the best advice from former Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Ms Friar added: “I’ll start with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that always resonates with me: ‘What lies behind you and what lies before you pales in comparison to what lies within you.’

He continued, “So what lies within me – I hope to give you a little insight today. I’m going to talk about four principles that I try to live by – 1. Get a daily adrenaline rush. 2. Do something Do what you love. 3. Pay it forward. And 4 – and perhaps surprisingly – enjoy failure / don’t try to be perfect!

Thanking the school, entrepreneur and students Mary McKenna concluded, “I can’t wait to see what these future entrepreneurs bring to the world!”

Celebrating this event’s 10th year, the local school has inspired students with almost 100 successful entrepreneurs over the years and has been a huge supporter ever since.

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Roisin Rice, Vice-Principal of St Mary’s College, pictured with Mrs Marice Brown, Head of Business and Enterprise, Thornhill College and students from both schools.

Ms Claire Doherty, event organizer at the college, said: “There is a fantastic line-up for #GEW2022 of successful female founders who will be visiting the school, including Sarah Friar from Nextdoor, Larissa Feeney FCA from Accountant Online, filmmaker Eileen Rafferty. , film producer and co-founder of Errigal Studios and The Bothy, Susan Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Respiratory Analytics, Serena Terry, known to many of you as Mummy Bunter, serial entrepreneur Karina Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Content Llama And last but not least, Olivia McVeigh is social influencer, makeup artist, blogger and Tyrone’s most recognizable girl about town. So, all in all, a great week of activities ahead.”

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Also at Monday’s launch, College Principal Mr Brendan McGinn thanked Ms Friar for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit the school and launch the week’s events.

And he added: “We are delighted and honored to have Sarah Friar as our guest speaker to launch Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022.

Sarah Friar, CEO and co-founder of Nextdoor takes a “selfie” with some girls at St Mary’s.

Not only did Sarah bring immense experience to the occasion, she spoke directly and simply to our students, encouraging them to pursue what they truly love and embrace failure as a true learning experience. “Sarah was absolutely charming throughout and made a very positive and positive impact on the students and staff in attendance.”

During the week’s activities, students from Years 8 to 14 take part in events including presentations from visiting entrepreneurs, discussion groups, life skills workshops and themed careers advice.


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