Three secondary students from Kilkenny College are among 32 of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurial students who took part in an exclusive mentoring skills camp last week.
Jamie Kerr, Matt Murtagh White and Andrew Jeffers attended the mentoring and innovation skills camp at UCD to equip them with the skills to take their ideas from the schoolroom to the boardroom.
The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp 2012 brought together 32 second-level students from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, who have demonstrated an ability to understand how and why ideas can be developed into commercially-viable enterprises. The students were selected in January 2012 from over 1,200 secondary school students who competed in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin.
During the four-day skills programme at UCD the students got to meet business leaders, academics, and enterprise boards. Dame Ellen MacArthur also spent an afternoon with the students, taking them through her vision for a ‘circular economy’.
The students were tasked with a specific group project to develop an outline business approach for a realistic new business start-up scenario. Each team worked with a dedicated BT business mentor who will coach them to develop their business plans and presentation skills.
The week concluded last Thursday, when the teams presented their business plans to a judging panel including academics and senior business people.
The boys’ project was ‘Smart Pipe: An Automated Water Circulation Anti-Freezing System’. The teams pitched their projects to a panel of judges in a ‘Dragons Den’ style situation. Having impressed the judges in their pitch, the Smart Pipe team won the main prize of Best Overall Group, with Kilkenny College student Matt Murtagh White winning a summer College placement in UCD.