Young Social Innovators (YSI) from Moyne Community School recently received €800 in funding when they pitched their social innovation idea to business entrepreneurs in the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Den.
Their project, ‘Cord up’, has developed a safety device designed to stop children and animals getting caught on window blind cords, a most dangerous practice which has unfortunately seen lives lost in the past.
Moyne Community School students pitched their proposal to a panel of entrepreneur “Dragons” including Julie Fenton, Partner, Ernst and Young; Niall Devine, mycharity.ie, Chantal McCabe, Philanthropist and director of YSI and Eoin Clifford, a Youth Panel member of YSI.
Earlier this year, YSI hosted eleven regional ‘Speak Out’ events, where up to 5,000 students presented ideas on how to solve issues affecting communities throughout Ireland, such as mental health, community facilities for the youth and the elderly, intergenerational initiatives, inclusion, obesity, drugs misuse and the environment.
Eleven projects were chosen to pitch to the “Dragons” in the YSI Den. Participating teams asked for the money, mentoring and resources they need to make their proposed project a success. Students from Moyne Community School (MCS) were rewarded with €800.
Three representatives from the TY year were chosen to present the ‘Cord Up’ project to the Den panel. Representing MCS were Cillian Hourican, Cailin Sheridan, and Connor O’Leary.
“This is a great boost to the students’ confidence – to be able to pitch to successful business people and to come away with a significant amount of money,” said Mr Padraig Doherty, teacher at MCS.
The ‘Cord up’ product is now available online at www.cordup.weebly.com, from Farrell Coy (Longford) or directly from the school (Tel: 049-4335114).
The product also earned the students success at the National Student Enterprise Awards which were recently held in Croke Park, Dublin. ‘Cord Up’ finished seventh in the national competition and in addition, it featured on RTE’s Nationwide.