In this its first year, the Drogheda Young Innovators competition attracted a diverse and wide range of projects from secondary schools located in Drogheda.
Judging was held over two days and culminated in an Expo last Saturday in the Laurence Shopping Centre.
The Mill was keenly involved as the competition closely matches with its mission of supporting & promoting Innovation & Enterprise – especially to young people.
Click here to find out who were the competition award winners.
2nd year students from St. Joseph’s CBS attended The Mill this week, where they received their awards for winning a Business Profiling competition. The two winning teams did an excellent job on researching ‘Jameson Whiskey’ & ‘Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream’. They were accompanied by their Business teacher Brian Lynch. They also participated in a workshop at The Mill – ‘So You Want to Start a Business’?
Entrepreneurial talent was very much in evidence. Watch the Class of 2018 !!
On Thursday 20th of March last, 15 Leaving Certificate students from Sacred Heart School, along with their Business teacher Ms Maura Callan, attended a workshop at The Mill presented by Project Manager Sean Mac Entee.
A lively discussion took place covering areas such as enterprise, risk, innovation & female entrepreneurship. The Mill sees workshops such as this as critical in raising the profile of entrepreneurship to young students.
Well done to all the Drogheda students who entered the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition. We got a great response and some excellent innovative ideas. We are holding a workshop for all students who entered and any students interested in innovation on Saturday 25 January here at The Mill.
We will be announcing a shortlist of entrants and providing details on the next steps; the judging criteria and – most importantly the prizes!
We will also have a number of guest speakers, including:
- Shane Curran – Runner up in this year’s Young Scientist Exhibition and winner of 2013 Junior Dragon’s Den.
- Laura Armada Buch – Local entrepreneur who set up LAB fitness and who will reveal all her secrets of success.
- Simon Mc Cormack – Managing Director of Western Motors and President of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce who is going to present on business enterprise and encouraging people to consider a career in entrepreneurship.
It promises to be a very interesting and exciting morning for Drogheda’s Young Innovators. We look forward to meeting all of the shortlisted students there.
On the day of the sod turning for The Mill in December 2012 we were joined by students from nearby Our Lady’s College, Greenhills. The twenty four students were exploring the concept of what an ‘enterprise centre’ is and more importantly what it could be for them.
Less than a year later in October 2013 our project manager Sean and the principal of Our Lady’s College, Ms Geraldine Mulvihill, arranged a repeat visit to give the girls a tour of the new facility and get their thoughts on entrepreneurship.
We are sure that some of the most innovative and high potential start-ups of the future are in that group and we look forward to working closely with them on young entrepreneur projects.