Zeminar is taking place this year in the RDS on October 10th, 11th and 12th. Zeminar is an event for Generation Z, particularly those aged between 15 and 20, and their parents, teachers, mentors and coaches. You can buy tickets for Zeminar here.
This year's Zeminar hosts some incredible and inspiring speakers. Running up the event, SpunOut will be bringing you profiles of some of these amazing young people. Next up is Jack Manning, 17 year old entrepreneur and founder of Examlearn.ie.
Why am I taking part?
I am taking part in zeminar to share my belief that every student in Ireland should attempt to create their own business. I believe that business shouldn't be left for men and women in suits and offices and anyone at any age could create their own business instead of working in a part time job or full time job. I think sometimes people don't fully realise their own potential and all the additional benefits to owning and managing your own company. The only route to having a career isn't always through the CAO
Why do I think it's important?
I think Zeminar is massively important for any youth to attend. It's not very often you get to meet like minded people and explore different areas outside the normal curriculum in school. Events like Zeminar show you that life isn't all about grades and what teachers think of you. Last year attending zeminar I was hugely inspired by the speakers who had so much information and advice to give the audience. I believe it would really be a shame to miss an event like this.
What would I like to have heard when I'm a teenager?
Well considering I am still a teenager now I suppose I'm a little bit ineligible to answer this question but I'll give it my best shot! I do love hearing inspiring people who believe in the young people of Ireland and actually give them a chance to do things outside the normality of school and study. I love when people actually believe in you and don't dismiss you as a child or teenager.
What am I going to say?
I'm going to tell the attendees all my tips to starting a business as a teenager, what to do, who to ask for help, how can you grow, what not to do, I'll even give away some ideas and practical advice which anyone in the audience can take and work at straight away. I often think people forget that you don't always need the next "big thing" and many businesses are always started with a simple basic idea which expands into something great.