The 2015 Drogheda Young Innovator competition kicks off this week!
We are seeking applications from individuals or teams on innovation ideas in the following categories:
– Science and Technology – a technical or scientific innovation
– Enterprise / Business – a new business idea
– Social Enterprise – a non profit innovation that will change our society
The choice is yours – but it’s got to be an original idea.
Science and Technology category relates to innovation projects in any of the sciences.
Enterprise / Business category is for potentially profitable business innovation projects.
Social Enterprise – Not for profit social innovations that improve or make better the communities we live in.
Who can apply
Applications are open to students attending the following schools:
- Drogheda Grammar School
- Our Lady’s College
- Sacred Heart Secondary School
- St Joseph’s Secondary School
- St Mary’s Diocesan School
- St Oliver’s Community College
- Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer
- Coláiste na hInse, Bettystown
There will be prizes in each category for both individual and team entries and one overall competition prize.
Application deadline – 27 February 2015, Project Submission deadline – 20 March 2015
Application Form & Judging Criteria
You can download an application form here. The form also outlines the judging criteria and other key information about the competition.
For more information please visit www.droghedayounginnovators.com
Nice article in Drogheda Independent summarising current & past entrepreneurs at our Innovate Drogheda series of talks. No doubt that The Mill will be adding some names to the list in coming years!
A nice piece in the Drogheda Independent newspaper on 28th January, highlighting a visit from the Tánaiste Joan Burton and local TD Ged Nash to The Mill! With the official launch of the programme, applications for Ignyte 2 are now accepted on our dedicated page.
Over a 12 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills.
Ignyte training occurs three days per week from 10am to 12:30pm. The first six weeks will take place at the training room in The Mill Enterprise Hub and mentors will work with participants on a one-to-one basis over the following 6 weeks.
Please contact Sean MacEntee on 087 2586916 or phone The Mill directly (041 9802444) to obtain extra information.
Ignyte – The Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda, Dundalk, Balbriggan and surrounding areas in County Louth
On Wednesday, January 21st, The Mill hosted the first event of 2015, with Eamon Leonard being the guest speaker for the night.
Eamon shared a few tips on how to gain self-confidence and how stepping outside of your comfort zone can help you succeed at work.
The Mill is delighted to partner with Refresh Boyne to bring Eamon Leonard to Drogheda!
Eamon Leonard is a founder, an advisor to start-ups, an angel investor and a tech community organiser. Based in Ireland, he sold his company, Orchestra (a Platform-as-a-Service), to Engine Yard Inc., in 2011. There, he held the roles of VP Engineering and VP Developer Relations until August 2014. He is currently in the process of founding a distillery and will continue to invest in start-up teams, products and opportunities.
About Refresh Boyne
Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region.
Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of and inspired by the Refreshing Cities movement.
Details & Booking
Date: Wednesday 21st January
Location: The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub
Cost: Free – Booking is Essential
Find out more & Book on Refresh Boyne
Kevin Brennan, Food Safety & Quality Consultant of Teagasc, gave an overview of Teagasc activities, joined by Edward Spelman, Managing Director of Ballymaguire Foods (Country Crest), who spoke about the company.
Joe English of the Louth Local Enterprise Office gave an overview of support structures for starting/expanding businesses, joined by Eamonn Flynn, Managing Director of Keelings Solutions, who spoke about Keelings Solutions.
Michael O’ Dowd from Enterprise Ireland gave an overview of support structures for expanding businesses and specialist support for Agri-Food Sector.
Paddy Callaghan, Managing Director of Nature’s Best spoke on the complex issues of scaling a business from the farmyard to international distribution.
Michael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia and founder of The Company of Food, a specialist food investment business, was the second speaker at the FoodTech@TheMill Programme on November 5th.
Bronagh Conlon from The Real Irish Food Company also visited The Mill to talk about the company. The Real Irish Food Company is a specialist manufacturer of preserves, sauces and dressings based in Drogheda. The company was founded in 1997 by food enthusiast Bronagh Conlon and was acquired by Jacob Fruitfield in 2007.
The first evening was opened by Eileen Bentley, Entrepreneurship Manager at Bord Bia and Kevin Tuck, Managing Director of Alltech, who spoke on innovation within Alltech, their story of growth to a billion dollar company and key learnings they made along the way, including some of the mistakes!
Ten SMEs including representatives from FitzScientific, AgriNet, Kingswood Computing and Ezy Technology heard Kevin Tuck, Managing Director of Alltech give a detailed presentation on AllTech’s growth to a €1 billion company, and how its relentless focus on innovation and R&D has enabled it to continue growing.