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Pramerica/Prudential Virtual Exchange FinTech Programme

Pru VTC

25 Transition year students from Errigal College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal recently worked alongside 20 students from Fairchild Wheeler High School, Bridgeport, Connecticut to undertake a project guided by business mentors from Pramerica Systems Ireland and Prudential Financial USA. The students were set the project objective of  'designing a financial app’. Expectations were high as students were tasked with completing Competitor Analysis, a Marketing Plan, designing Innovative Technology (with detailed features and benefits), self-assess their progress and, of course, work as a team with their American counterparts.

There were eight teams consisting of five students each - a mix of a few students from either side of the pond. The students quickly learned that international collaboration can have its challenges, your team members are not only thousands of miles away but a time zone apart – communication takes work and needs to be clear and concise.

Each team had to present their app at the project closing event to a judging panel made up of Pramerica Systems Ireland and Prudential Financial staff. The event was closed with traditional entertainment, including a fantastic rendition of Riverdance (courtesy of Errigal College students).

Thank you to Pramerica Systems Ireland and Prudential Financial USA for enabling this wonderful opportunity for international collaboration.

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