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Entrepreneurship Week at St. Marys College

St. Mary’s College are nurturing a whole new generation of Entrepreneurs through our Annual  Entrepreneurship Week where a host of well established entrepreneurs came into the classroom to inspire and enlighten pupils about how they turned their passions into profit. The event ispart of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

As part of the event, Brendan Mooney, CEO ofdigital company Kainos spoke to students.  Recently winning the prestigious Ernst and Youngaward for Entrepreneur of the Year, Brendan was profiled in a TV series onUTV.  He will be speaking to students about advancing technology and whythis is a great time to be working in IT.

In addition to winning the overall Entrepreneur ofthe Year award, Brendan Mooney was also announced as the winner in theInternational Entrepreneur award category.

Founded in Belfast in 1987, Kainos is now thelargest indigenous IT services company in Northern Ireland, employingapproximately 950 people in five countries. With a market capitalisation of£235 million, it develops solutions for businesses and organisations in thepublic, healthcare and financial services sectors, and in the last four yearsalone has delivered 33% compound growth.

Anne Heraty, Chairperson of EY’s judging panel said,

“Brendan Mooney is an inspirational leader who hasgrown Kainos from 12 employees to a global business employing almost 1,000people today. With a clear vision he has positioned the company as a leader indigital technology supporting over 150 customers globally,”

Another company profiled on the BBC show Made inNorthern Ireland, presented by Stephen Nolan, swill speak to students abouttheir journey.  Skunkworks who make robust, high-performance softsurfboards and stand up paddleboards told students how two brothers followed apassion that has now been turned into a company.

St. Mary’s College ensurethat each student gets an experience of entrepreneurship through meeting andhearing from real life entrepreneurs.  The Northern Ireland Executive Innovation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014-2025 recognises the importance of developing an entrepreneurial spirit in order to achieve a vision of Northern Ireland becoming a highly innovative region and looks to support young people in doing so.