2017 competition winners Mary Ellen Kelly and Róisín Kiely from second year at St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan in county Waterford along with the founder of GIY Michael Kelly and Cully and Sully.
GIY and Cully & Sully are on the search for Ireland’s next best young food entrepreneurs and are encouraging secondary school students across the country to register for the ‘GROW 2 CEO' competition before the registration deadline of March 14.
‘GROW 2 CEO’ combines food growing and entrepreneurship to inspire students to grow their own food, create a soup recipe using what they have grown and develop a potential new business.
Free growing kits will be delivered to all of the students who have registered for the 2018 competition. The kits will include everything the students need to grow rocket leaves including the seeds, pots and soil plenty of expert growing tips from GIY and lots of SOUPort from Cully & Sully. Students are asked to pair up to undertake the challenge.
Throughout the ‘GROW 2 CEO' competition, students will be allocated a series of challenges. In the final phase, they will be asked to enter the details of their new recipes and business plans for the judging phase. Five student teams will then be selected for the competition shortlist. These finalists will be invited to a ‘Dragon's Den' style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on May 18, 2018, where the winning duo will be selected and crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO' Champions.
Speaking ahead of the upcoming competition deadline, Shona Dubois of GIY said, "This is a really fantastic and fun food entrepreneurship competition, which will potentially result in finding the country's next brilliant food enterprise. We’re excited to get as many secondary schools from all across the country on board so we’re encouraging all of those interested to ensure to get their application into us before March 14, 2018."
The growing kits will arrive before the Easter mid term break and the competition and challenges will kick off on April 9. The ‘GROW 2 CEO' grand final will take place on May 18, 2018, where a panel of judges will taste test the student’s products and review the business model and plans of the shortlisted finalists. The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, 2 iPads for the winning team of two students and the winning teacher will receive an overnight trip to Ballymaloe. The winning class will also all get a cool Cully & Sully hoodie.
Participation is free and registration is open until March 14, 2018. School students and teachers planning to participate in this nationwide competition can now sign up to take part via cullyandsully.com/ourgarden
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