On March 3rd 2016 more than 80 students from Drogheda, Dunleer and Laytown, attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The transition year students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

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Breanndan Casey (BDM at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Anna Keller (Coca-Cola International Services), Ellen Pender (TY student, speaker at Coca-Cola Workshop), Colin Guilfoyle (Nebula Interactive), Geoff Fitzpatrick (Organizator and Co-ordinator of the DYI competition)
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Students from St.Joseph’s CBS

According to Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services, “We hope that the workshop opened students’ eyes and minds to new ways of thinking, and will act as an idea generator for applying to the DYI Competition. “Innovation is crucial to the success of Coca-Cola, and after the workshop, all of the local Coca-Cola International Services team commented on the ingenuity, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students. Judging by the quality of material at the workshop, we’ve no doubt that the Drogheda region is producing future business and social leaders which we can be proud of”

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Breanndán Casey (BDM of The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Geoff Fitzpatrick (organizator and co-ordinator of the Drogheda Young Innovators programme)

The guest speakers included Ellen Pender, a Transition Year student, who discussed the benefits of attending CoderDojo sessions and her interest in technology and science. She impressed attendees with her focus on how technology can be easily learned by teenagers, and used to further improve their lives. Colin Guilfoyle, the founder of Drogheda-based company, Nebula Interactive, gave a presentation on the games and apps which have been developed in Drogheda, his route to becoming self-employed, and how an interest in gaming and technology has benefited his career, and assisted in the innovation process that he has adopted in his day-to-day business activities.

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has allowed us an opportunity to develop the innovation mind-set amongst local transition year students ”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being developed and supported by innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community. This workshop was a great opportunity for students to hear how Coca-Cola has maintained, and developed it’s innovative thinking over the last 130 years”.

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Brainstorming by students from St.Olivers CC

“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Codys Brewery. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their initiative across the Business, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship categories. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community. The final of the competition will take place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Innovation Centre in May”

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Students from St. Mary’s Diocesan School

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Students from Ballymakenny College
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Students from St.Joseph’s CBS
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Students from St. Oliver’s CC
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Students from Grammar School
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Students from Colaiste na hInse
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Students from St Mary’s Diocesan School
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DYI volunteers from Coca-Cola International Services
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Drogheda Young Innovators logo logoDrogheda’s Transition Year Students have the chance to come up with the next great invention that will change the world, make them famous, or even enable them to become multi-billionaires. The 2016 “Drogheda Young Innovators” Competition was launched on 8th February, and applications are now being accepted from all seven secondary schools in Drogheda, and from schools in Dunleer and Laytown.

Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators.  Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer Photo-Jenny Matthews
Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer Photo-Jenny Matthews

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers, and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has been a success over the past few years”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being supported by some innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services , East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community”.

Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators.  Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer, St Josephs and Greenhills. Photo-Jenny Matthews
Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer, St Josephs and Greenhills.
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Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services said “We are delighted to be involved with such an innovative local project. The Drogheda Young Innovators competition is a chance for the young people in Drogheda and the surrounding area to really let their creative ideas shine.” Anna added: “Coca-Cola will be hosting an innovation workshop for the participating students on Thursday, 3rd March at our offices in Southgate, Drogheda. We hope that the workshop will open student’s eyes and minds to new ways of thinking and act as an idea generator for applying to the DYI Competition”.

There are 3 main categories – Science & Technology, Enterprise & Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be prizes in each category for both individual and team entries and one overall competition prize. Applications close on 16th March, and winners will be announced at the end of April.

Previous winners of the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition, Elle Loughran and Anna Mc Evoy of Our Lady’s College, have represented Drogheda and Ireland abroad in various youth entrepreneurship initiatives. In January 2016 Elle Loughran launched her own website which aim is to help second and third-level students to find work opportunities, scholarships and competitions, http://www.tigertunity.com. She also attended the Outbox Incubator programme in London last August for females making a valuable contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators.  Breanndain Casey and Sean McEntee of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Elle Loughran, 2015 Winner from Greenhills School. Photo-Jenny Matthews
Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Breanndain Casey and Sean McEntee of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Elle Loughran, 2015 Winner from Greenhills School.
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Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators.   Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. Photo-Jenny Matthews
Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific.
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“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their enterprise. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community.”

For more information please visit www.droghedayounginnovators.com or follow DYI on Twitter – @DYInnovate, and https://www.facebook.com/DroghedaYoungInnovators.

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On Friday 15th May, eighteen students from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Our Lady’s College Greenhills and Coláiste na hInse Secondary School attended the Prize-giving Ceremony hosted at The Mill Enterprise Hub.

Drogheda Young Innovators is a competition to reward and promote innovation amongst secondary school students in Drogheda. This is the second year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation. The awards were established by serial entrepreneur Geoff Fitzpatrick, in partnership with The Mill.

Applications from individuals and groups were judged in three 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

Two individual and four group winners were chosen, with an overall winner, Elle Loughran from Our Lady’s College, receiving a cash prize of €300 for her Science project ‘Novel graphene functionalization to detect attraction’.

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The other winners include:

  • Niamh Kelly (Our Lady’s College) – Social Enterprise Individual Winner with the project “An investigation of mathematical concepts and connections in a garden”;

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  • Orla Molloy and Neasa Early (Our Lady’s College) – Science Group Winners with their project on “Mathematical analysis of number patterns in winning draws in the national lottery”;

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  • Lucy Murray, Aoife Mc Auley, Sean Mortalo and Alanna Hogan (Coláiste na hInse) – Business Group Winners with their project “Dear Santa”.

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  • Ben Penthony, Kevin Doyle, Dylan O’Rourke and Thomas Monk (St. Mary’s) – Business Group Winners with their project “The Chopping Board Co”.

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  • Leighton Egan, Ben Mooney, Killian Kierans, Darragh Beirth, Dean Gunnery, and Lee Mc Guiness (Coláiste na hInse) – Social Enterprise Group Winners with their project “Cosy Capall”.

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Last year’s winner, Anna McEvoy from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, picking up a major award in the biggest school’s science competition in the world. 17-year-old Anna was awarded both a second place award in the Plant Sciences category as well as a Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Science First Award at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which was attended by approximately 1,700 young scientists selected from 422 affiliate fairs in more than 75 countries.

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Ignyte avatarIt’s not everyday that a Louth Team has success in Croke Park!

Well the last week of May 2015 saw a very successful outcome for The Mill’s 2nd IgnYte programme participants.

Maria McCabe & Mary Aylward gave a very moving explanation of how the recently developed Access App came about & how it is likely to improve the quality of lives for all wheelchair users.

The event was the culmination of weeks of hard work – with the YSI run ‘Youth in the Community’ initiative coming to a successful conclusion.

Certificates were presented to all 8 participants as well as to project leader Sean MacEntee. All that now remains is for the Irish Wheelchair Association to officially approve the App & make it available for use throughout its 56 nationwide offices. Well done to all who participated in the YSI managed  project as well as to the YSI organisation itself for including The Mill IgnYte programme in this very successful initiative.

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)
28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators) 28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs
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Ignyte avatarYesterday marked a significant milestone in the short history of the Accessibility App.

A meeting was held with the Head of IT at the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA). He was very impressed with the App.

I am now confident that the App will, in the near future, be endorsed by the IWA for use throughout Ireland.

Each of IWA’s 53 Offices nationwide will play a central role in populating the App by providing  information on the wheelchair accessibility of premises & buildings in their local area.

The final event in this YSI supported project takes place in Croke Park on Thursday 28th May at 5pm. Each Group will present their project & Certificates will be awarded.

Please let Anna at the Mill know if you would like to receive a formal invitation to this Event – 041 980 2444 or admin@themilldrogheda.ie.

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Ignyte avatarWhat we are doing about the social issue we have chosen/ Our actual aims and how we are going to achieve them

Data entry for various destination categories is progressing well. Aim is to have 10 destinations per category loaded by end of April.

John Maher gave a 1st demo of the App which will now be suitable for iPhone (ios) & Android phones. Looking good.

Making contact with HQ of Irish Wheelchair Association to determine their interest in making the App available throughout Ireland.

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Drogheda Young Innovators

The 2015 Drogheda Young Innovator competition kicks off this week!

Categories

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:

  1. Drogheda Grammar School
  2. Our Lady’s College
  3. Sacred Heart Secondary School
  4. St Joseph’s Secondary School
  5. St Mary’s Diocesan School
  6. St Oliver’s Community College
  7. Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer
  8. Coláiste na hInse, Bettystown

Prizes

There will be prizes in each category for both individual and team entries and one overall competition prize.

Closing Date

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

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.

Tanaiste Joan Burton launches - Ignyte - Ignyte - Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda Dundalk Balbriggan Louth

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.

Tanaiste Joan Burton

Please contact Sean MacEntee on 087 2586916 or phone The Mill directly (041 9802444) to obtain extra information.

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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

IgnYte: Preparing our young, mainly un-employed citizens for a better life through self-employment, self-empowerment & self-reliance

Introduction:

The Mill is Drogheda’s new Enterprise Hub. Through its various programs & activities it aims to support Enterprise & Innovation at all levels in the South Louth, East Meath & Drogheda area. A Hub is like a wheel with many different spokes – IgnYte is one of these spokes. It represents one aspect of the Mill’s mission – to be of relevance to as many groups as possible within our Community. This includes those who are dis-advantaged through lack of education, training & opportunity.

Why IgnYte?

Recent CSO figures confirm that over 25% of our young people aged between 18 & 25 are unemployed. The figures for other EU countries are even worse e.g. Spain is at 52%.

In Ireland programs targeted at assisting the young unemployed tend to concentrate on providing them with back-to-work skills. This is laudable. However there is an absence of training supports for those unemployed young people who may be entrepreneurial. In fact it could be argued that overall public policy assumes that there is an absence of entrepreneurial flair amongst this large group. IgnYte intends to address this gap.

What is IgnYte?

IgnYte is a novel project aimed at enabling young unemployed citizens (aged 16-30) to acquire the skills, attributes & personal motivations necessary to become self–empowered, self-employed (even part-time) & self-reliant. 18 workshops, delivered over a 6 week period, will be at the core of the programme. These workshops will focus on helping each participant to develop a business idea based on their desires, interests, passions & networks. The workshops will be based on experiential learning – i.e. learning by doing. Each participant will also be assigned a dedicated Mentor for the duration of the 12 week program (mentoring will continue for 6 weeks after the workshop phase). ‘IgnYte’ is an introductory phase of a larger project. Those participants that show significant promise from their involvement in ‘IgnYte’ will be considered for a follow-on programme.

Selection for IgnYte Lite:

Working with other local youth-focused organisations, we will select a group of 8-12 individuals who each exhibit some of the attributes & traits evident in entrepreneurs. Prior qualifications are not required. Evidence of a willingness to learn & to actively participate is of more importance (See Application Form attached).

Ignyte logoWhen will it commence?

It is planned to run 3 editions of IgnYte. The first of these will commence in late September 2014.

To apply, please complete the IgnYte Application Form & return to:

Sean Mac Entee
Programme Manager
The Mill
Link Rd
Greenhills
Drogheda

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Ignyte logoIgnYte is an Opportunity for Young (16-30) Unemployed People to Explore Self-Employment

Aim: To provide the opportunity & environment for young unemployed people to explore self-employment as an alternative to a life of unemployment.

IgnYte will recruit motivated individuals who have an interest in setting up a new enterprise (social or for-profit, part-time or full-time) onto the Programme.

  • Are you aged between 16 & 30?
  • Are you currently unemployed?
  • Are you interested in one day working for yourself instead of for someone else?
  • Are you passionate about something?
  • Have you a hobby you are enthusiastic about?
  • Do you want to explore starting a new business (perhaps based on your hobby or interests)?
  • Do you see yourself as different from others?
  • Do you envy those who work for themselves?
  • Do you feel others do not fully understand you?
  • Do you dream about one day becoming financially independent?
  • Are you not afraid of taking calculated risks?
  • Are you prepared to work hard to realise your dreams?
  • Are you willing to commit yourself 100% NOW so as to move closer to becoming your own boss one day?

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions then you are ready to apply for IgnYte. Based in The Mill, Drogheda – IgnYte will fire up your ambitions & give you a fresh outlook on the future. Provided you are willing to participate fully, IgnYte will be a life changing experience. Over a 12 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills. Everybody who participates in IgnYte will be a winner.

So if you wish to apply for the next IgnYte programme (starts late September), click below to download your application form, fill in your details & drop the form into Boomerang Café, Fair St, Drogheda.

IgnYte Application Form

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