YSI teams pitch at Dens in Dublin, Athlone and Cork
Twenty four teams of young social innovators and entrepreneurs from around Ireland were shortlisted to pitch to three panels of YSI dragons in Dublin, Athlone and Cork.
Students from Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise at the YSI Den in Athlone
Teams of social innovators and entrepreneurs from around Ireland were shortlisted to pitch to three panels of dragons in Dublin, Athlone and Cork as part of their participation in the Young Social Innovators of the Year National Awards. Over 7,300 students are taking part in Young Social Innovators this year working in teams to tackle social issues affecting them and their communities.
All of the teams made a Dragon’s Den-style pitch to one of the panels for a share of the €10k Social Innovation Fund, shared between the three events. The fund was created by YSI to assist teams to implement their innovative ideas to bring about positive change and to help increase the impact of their project work. Some also requested mentorship and support from the YSI Dragons in specialised areas such as marketing and finance.
Young Social Innovators challenges young people to work within their communities to identify areas of social need and, to come up with and implement solutions for positive social change. The teams pitching at this year’s events addressed a range of social issues including integrating multicultural students, dealing with stress in school, healthy eating, trans issues, farm safety and global mapping.
Teams were awarded a variety of different fund amounts, with some teams requesting mentoring or specialist training in various areas including marketing and app delevopment. Some schools received funds to cover the printing and production of promotional material while others aim to purchase recording equipment to produce a podcast.
Congratulations to all teams that partcipated in the YSI Den!
Dublin - February 14th
St Aidan's Community School, Tallaght - Intercultural Book Exchange
St Mark's Community School Tallaght - Compromise to Conflict
St Joseph's College, Lucan - Healthy Help
St Joseph's College, Lucan - Transforming Society
St Joseph's College, Lucan - No Limits
Heywood Community School - Nascadh Le Chéile
Tullamore College - Farm Safety, Think Safely
Ramsgrange Community College - Operation Consent
Portmarnock Community School - Global Citizens Mapping the Future
Loreto Convent Letterkenny - The Helping Hands
Athlone - February 15th
Méanscoil Muire gan Smal - Sign of the Times
Scoil Chríost Rí - Deep Pockets
Bailieborough Community School - Next Generation
Sacred Heart Secondary School, Tullamore - Mind Your Business
Eureka Secondary School - It's the Yes, Not the Dress
Cork - February 16th
Bishopstown Community School - Calm Cubed
Mount Mercy College - Mission Nutrition
Mount Mercy College - Skorts in Sport
Mount Mercy College - No Means No
Davis College - Growing up Shouldn't Hurt
Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School - Hear Say
Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty- Let's talk About Sex
Beara Community School - LymeLight
CBS Secondary School - Ditch your Carbon Cup Print
Find out more about the YSI Den.