Transition year students in the nine Drogheda-based secondary schools (including Dunleer and Laytown) will have a chance to put their innovation skills to the test and win the 2018 Drogheda Young Innovator competition.

08/02/2018 Pictured at the Launch of the Drogheda Young Innovator’s Programme, 2018, at The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub were girls from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (from left) Last year’s winner Blathnaid Murphy, Olivia Butler, Victoria Fabijaniak, Ellen Hickey, Emma O’Brien, Louisa Keller, Eleanor McHugh and Alicia Boland. Behind are Ruth Savage the Enterprise teacher at Greenhills, Adele Ryan and Steve Rees of Bricks4Kidz, Cormac Bohan of State Street, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Patrick Dermody of Coca-Cola International Srevices. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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Now in it’s 4th year, the 2018 competition was launched on Thursday February 8th, in the new conference facilities at The Mill; Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub.

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.

Applicants will attend an Innovation workshop on April 11th in The Mill Enterprise Centre, 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.

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.

Blathnaid from Our Lady’s College in Greenhills scooped the top award in 2017, who impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, is the youngest winner of the DYI competition.

“Recognising & 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 are on www.droghedayounginnovators.com .

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