Derry City & Strabane - Enterprise week hopes to inspire entrepreneurs of tomorrow




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Enterprise week hopes to inspire entrepreneurs of tomorrow

23 February 2023

Derry and Strabane Enterprise Week 2023 is aiming to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in the City and District with a number of events specifically aimed at young people.

The week long programme from Monday 6th to Friday 10th March will feature panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities to support budding and existing entrepreneurs on their business journey.

This year’s Enterprise Week has the theme of ‘Seeds of Change’ and will celebrate the diversity of Micro Businesses and SMEs in the North West who have experienced significant growth in recent times.

“We are seeing more and more young people in our Council area successfully navigating the challenges of start-up to build successful and sustainable businesses,” said Head of Business at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Kevin O’Connor.

“If an entrepreneur has the drive and vision to make a business idea a reality then, with the right guidance, age is not a barrier.

“Our Business team are keen to engage with young people to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and we are delighted to host a number of events especially for young people in this year’s programme.”

On Tuesday March 7th Young Enterprise will host the Let’s Make IT Tech competition which invites local primary school children to participate in a classroom challenge to transform an everyday item into a digital technology product.

Later in the week on Thursday 9th, Generation Innovation at the Guildhall will be hosted by Catalyst with support from Seagate and aims to inspire young adults to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

The day long design thinking experience for groups of students aged 16-18 years old will take them on a design thinking journey that will lead them from identifying a problem to working through the design stages before building a prototype.

Students will learn important skills at each stage of the process including user-centred design, working in a team and critical thinking.

The day will finish with a presentation by a number of partner companies who will demonstrate some innovative technology and share their own start up journey.

This event is closed for open registration, but for further information please contact Catalyst for more information -

The full programme and registration details for Enterprise Week 2023 can be accessed now at Follow us on our socials @Business Support Derry Strabane on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.