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Tuesday, 13th February 2018

The search for Drogheda’s brightest young innovators begins

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Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub speaking at the Launch of the Drogheda Young Innovator’s Programme, 2018. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Students in nine secondary schools in the Drogheda area, including Dunleer and Laytown, will have a chance to put their innovation skills to the test and win the 2018 Drogheda Young Innovator competition.

Now in its fourth year, the 2018 DYI competition was launched on Thursday last in The Mill Enterprise Centre. The competition is now firmly placed in the curriculum of local schools, and previous winners have already represented Ireland at International competitions, spoken at TedXDrogheda, and sold their products around the globe.

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s 2nd level students to think about an innovating career in science & technology, social enterprise, or business. The competition is supported by local innovative companies such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse and Fitz Scientific.

Local students have until March 16th to submit a short application in one of the three categories. There are 3 main categories – Science / Technology, Enterprise / Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be cash prizes for group and individuals in each category, and one overall winner. Applications for the Young Scientist and the Student Enterprise competition will be eligible to apply. This year, the school that produces the overall winner will also receive a free STEM workshop from www.Bricks4Kidz.ie .

Short-listed applicants will attend a workshop on April 11th at The Mill Enterprise Hub, where they can get real time feedback on their projects from the judges and other students. The final will take place at Coca Cola’s Southgate office in May.

Blathnaid Murphy from Our Lady’s College in Greenhills scooped the top award in 2017, when she impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, was the youngest winner of the DYI competition. She continued her proud success by winning the Junior category at the National Student Enterprise Awards competition organised by the network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in Ireland.

“Recognising and rewarding our young innovators is a big deal. We want to encourage and reward Drogheda’s best young innovators. We want Drogheda to be proud of its science, business and social innovators”, said Breanndan Casey of The Mill at launch. “I fully expect some of these students to be establishing businesses in The Mill in the next decade, and building on our rich heritage of innovation”

Winners will be announced in May 2018.

Further details and application form are available on www.droghedayounginnovators.com 

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