I WISH launches Build IT by Girls Competition – asking girls to pitch their STEM business idea to panel of judges 

Pictured at the I Wish 2016 event promoting STEM at City Hall in Cork city are Niamh Garvey, 15, and Tara Cronin, 16, Ashton Secondary School in Blackrock. Pic: Diane Cusack

I WISH, the Science Foundation Ireland supported partnership initiative encouraging young women to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), has launched a new competition – Build IT by Girls. The competition is inviting teams of students to pitch their STEM business idea to a panel of entrepreneurs at the I WISH events taking place in City Hall, Cork on 9 and 10 February 2017, and in the RDS, Dublin on 13 and 14 February 2017.

 

The Build IT by Girls competition requires teams of students to submit a summary of their idea, along with details of their expected business trajectory in advance of the I WISH events. Each team will then have an opportunity to pitch their business idea to entrepreneurs from the world of STEM, in the dedicated I WISH Entrepreneur Zones in Cork and Dublin. The winning teams will be rewarded with innovative wearable tech devices as well as an opportunity to win an incredible internship with the technology giant Dell in Cork, or a visit to Google’s European headquarters in Dublin.

 

“We are very excited to launch the Build IT by Girls competition today. This is a real opportunity for students to really think about potential STEM business ideas and pitch them in a real-life environment to a panel of successful entrepreneurs. We would invite any entrepreneurial minded students to pitch their STEM business idea – you never know, it could be the next big global business,” said Caroline O’Driscoll, co-founder of I WISH and Partner with KPMG.

I WISH is an award-winning initiative in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, it@cork, Cork County Council, Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, UCC, CIT, American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Dell EMC, Arup and many more. The Entrepreneur Zone is kindly supported by Local Enterprise Offices in Cork and Dublin, as well as Enterprise Ireland.

 

Entry forms for the competition are available online one www.iwish.ie/build-it-by-girls and the closing date for applications is Friday 3 February 2017.

 

The I WISH showcase events comprise of both a conference and exhibition. Students will meet and engage directly with inspiring women working in a variety of STEM roles, experiencing first-hand the incredible work of industry leaders such as Dell EMC, Arup, PepsiCo and many more. The I WISH 2017 speaker line-up includes award-winning game designer Brenda Romero; Nuritas Founder and CSO, Dr. Nora Khaldi; scientist and entrepreneur Ciara Judge; Assistant Professor in Physics at Trinity College Dublin, Arlene O’Neill; film producer and chairman of Atticus Education, David Puttnam; Director of Strategy and Communications of Science Foundation Ireland, Dr Ruth Freeman and Vice President and General Manager of Dell EMC Ireland, Aisling Keegan.

 

I Wish takes place in Cork City Hall on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February and in the RDS Dublin on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 February 2017. The events are free to attend and promise to benefit young women with hands-on practical information, talks and demonstrations by women in STEM roles.

 

The events are now fully booked in both Cork and Dublin. A full line-up of speakers and exhibitors is available online, www.iwish.ie

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