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Secondary school students in Mid-West given opportunity to grow as entrepreneurs


15 June 2021

Limerick’s TY, fifth- and sixth-year students are being given an opportunity to grow their entrepreneurial skills through a unique Summer Camp by Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Mary Immaculate College (MIC).

Empower Summer Camps, which are facilitated by LIT and Mary Immaculate College, are designed to help young people from the Mid-West develop and grow their innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative skills.

The camps, funded by the Higher Education Authority, are supported by guest entrepreneurs and innovators, giving students a unique opportunity to work on solving real-life problems.

Gillian Barry, Head of Innovation & Enterprise at LIT, described the programme as a collaborative effort between LIT and MIC in enhancing the skill needs of the region.
“We are delighted to be working with our partners from Mary Immaculate College on the Empower Summer Camps again this year. We know that in times of crisis comes opportunity. The pandemic has accelerated an era of innovation with many young people starting their own business to inventing technology and services. Every young person we work with has the potential to solve problems and impact our future in a positive way. For that to be fully realised it needs to be nurtured and developed and to power that potential, we have created this high quality, educational, activity-based programme.”

The programme aims to promote innovation, communication, personal effectiveness, critical and creative thinking, and working with others, which are prioritised in the Framework for Junior and Senior Cycle Education through a variety of inquiry-based, student-centred, teaching and learning pedagogies. This programme will focus on observations and opening up the students’ eyes to the world around them; helping to listen with empathy; and develop social awareness and problem-solving skills

Aimed at senior cycle post-primary students, Empower will take place online this summer facilitated by LIT & MIC.
The FREE summer camp will take place from Monday, 21 June to 24 June, with the second camp on starting Tuesday 13 July to 16 July.

Registration now open at  with places limited to 25 students each week.