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

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.

Refresh Boyne - Eamon Leonard

 

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The Mill hosted an informal Tech Mentoring session with Jeff Young, Principal Scientist & Distinguished Inventor at Adobe on November 25th. It was attended by circa 12 representatives from local IT companies who heard great insights into growing an Innovative IT business and the process of selling a business a large multinational.

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FoodTech logoKevin Brennan, Food Safety & Quality Consultant of Teagasc, gave an overview of Teagasc activities, joineteagasc foodtechd by Edward Spelman, Managing Director of Ballymaguire Foods (Country Crest), who spoke about the company.

Country Crest

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Joe English of the Louth Local Enterprise Office gave an overview of support structuresLouth LEO for starting/expanding businesses, joined by Eamonn Flynn, Managing Director of Keelings Solutions, who spoke about Keelings Solutions.

Keelings Solutions

 

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FoodTech logoMichael O’ Dowd from Enterprise Ireland gave an overview of support structures for expanding businessesNatures Best 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.
Enterprise Ireland

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FoodTech logoMichael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia and founder of The Company of Food, a specialist food investmentbordbia 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.Real Irish Food Company

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TFoodTech logohe first evening was opened by Eileen Bentley, Entrepreneurship Manager at Bord Bia and Kevin Tuck, Managingbordbia 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, alltechManaging 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.

 

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