The Drogheda Young Innovators Competition proved that entrepreneurship is alive and well in Drogheda!
Founder and MD of PaycheckPlus, Anne Reilly is a regular contributor and mentor to the Transition Year Students of Our Lady's College, Greenhills, Drogheda. Previous achievements of the students include reaching the finals of the Young Entrepreneur Competition in Tralee.
This year, the students got involved in mini-businesses, Social Enterprise and Science and Technology on a local basis. Several weeks and months of preparation paid off when the girls of Our Lady's College scooped many of the prizes in the final including the overall prize winner Anna McEvoy.
The Laurence Town Centre was a hive of excitement as teams from all of Drogheda’s secondary schools waited the for the results of the Drogheda Young Innovators competition to be announced. There were over 50 entries received for the competition which was divided into three categories– Social Enterprise, Business and Science and Technology.
Robert Fagan of St. Mary’s School was the winner in the Business section with a Transition Year project in which he made briquettes from recycled and compressed newspapers for use in place of logs in stoves. Robert said he was very pleased with his company, “The Briquette Company” which he said had made a “reasonable” profit and had taught him a lot about establishing and running a company.
Runner up in the business section was a project presented by a group of girls from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills whose product was called Rolly Coaly which is a coal scuttle clipped to a set of wheels making it easier to transport.
In the Social Enterprise section the winner was a project entitled Bannaí de Dhochas carried out by girls from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills who investigated the dangers of stress in young people.
Runner up in the Social Enterprise Section was St. Oliver’s Community School who carried out a project on Road Safety Awareness.
Runner up in the Science and Technology category was Elle Loughran of Greenhills College who investigated the spiral phyllotactic patterns in six species of conifer in Ireland and tried to assess the strength of their relationship to a specific growth hormone.
The winner of the Science and Technology section and overall winner of the competition was Ann McEvoy, also of Greenhills College. Ann investigated the Aetiology of bleeding canker disease in chestnut trees. We didn’t understand it either but the judging panel, chaired by Sean McEntee of The Mill Enterprise Centre, were very impressed with the thorough way that she had approached her subject. The awards were presented by Mayor of Drogheda Richie Culhane.
Well done to all the young female budding entrepreneurs who took part in the competition. We believe that the future of enterprise in Drogheda looks very bright indeed and we're delighted to be involved in promoting such innovation and enthusiasm.