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2021 EMPOWER Ireland Innovation Programme (TY, 5th Yr, 6th Yr Students)

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EMPOWER is a HEA (Higher Education Authority) funded programme designed to support the young innovator and entrepreneur run by TUS & MIC

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Run online this MidTerm Break with a focus on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) we will work with aspiring young entrepreneurs and innovators to tackle some of the biggest challenges the world is facing!!

Aspiring young innovators & entreprenurs will be allocated into teams. We go big and narrow in, to work on making REAL impact! This will be an exciting week and we have some really great prizes too for the winning team!

Note: you dont need to have an innovation idea coming into the programme - we will work wtih you and the teams on how to develop an idea.

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EMPOWER is a HEA (Higher Education Authority) funded programme designed to support the young innovator and entrepreneur. EMPOWER will focus on helping young people to build a powerful toolkit that, through support, will enable them to build creative, innovative and entrepreneurial skills for life. 

EMPOWER has been designed by the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) & Mary Immaculate College together with advisors in business including young entrepreneurs, academia, national and global youth organisations, teachers, investors, incubation and acceleration teams and informed by some of the best models globally. This is our 4th year running this programme but we have been running entrepreneurship programmes for more than 14 years!

EMPOWER will prepare young students for real world success, building their innovative, creative, design and entrepreneurial skills and mindset through activity based learning!

Schedule Over The Four Days

The programme will run via Zoom from Tuesday 26th Oct to Friday 29th Oct from 10am to 4pm each day. Max 30 students (we will place you in teams or you can let us know if you wish to be in a team with your friends!). You must be a current secondary school student (senior cycle TY, 5th, 6th) in Ireland.

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Session 1 (with a break)
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 – 14: 30 Session 2 (with a break)
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Team Work (Friday will include demo day and everyone who completes the programme will receive a Certificate of Achievement from TUS, MIC and the HEA!)
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Daily Wrap up together (+ Friday afternoon will be group pitch - we encourage lots of fun and creativity for this part but of course getting the message across to the judging team will be essential!)

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TUS and MIC are both higher education institutes with campuses in Limerick and Tipperary with TUS also having a campus in Clare and Athlone. Together they are running the EMPOWER, HEA Funded, programme to support the development of key entrepreneurial and innovative skills in our youth in the region

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