Friday 20th January, 2012St. Macartan’s Young Scientists invited to participate in the 2011 BT Business of Science & Technology Programme.
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St. Macartan’s College students Killian Lavelle and Colin Todd whose Young Scientist project on reducing the importation of dessert apples into Ireland by promoting a home grown alternative, saw them invited to take part in a four day business development programme at UCD. The programme run by BT in association with Nova UCD the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at UCD will see 30 invited participants attend workshops in UCD and taken through the entrepreneurial journey that is taking a product to market. Participants will work in teams using the pre-selected projects that were submitted to the Young Scientist Competition. The 4 day programme will consist of practical hands-on workshops looking at concepts such as, the problems the participants’ product or service can remedy, customer analysis and marketing. The budding entrepreneurs will be joined by guest entrepreneurs who will tell their story with a view to inspiring budding entrepreneurs. Ellen MacArthur whose foundation works to inspire people to re-think, re-design and build a positive future, will facilitate a workshop on the circular economy, as part of the programme. At the end of the week the invited teams will deliver a “pitch” to an evaluation panel of experts, to describe their product and how it will go to market.