Drogheda’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.
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”.
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, https://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).
“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.”