I Wish 2017

I Wish competition challenges girls to build their own businesses

Orla O'Mahony from St Brigids Secondary School, Killarney

21 November 2017

Young female entrepreneurs are invited to enter their big business idea and pitch it at the at the next series of I Wish events in Cork and Dublin in January 2018. The winning business idea will qualify for an internship with a leading STEM multinational.

The Build IT competitors will pitch their ideas to entrepreneurs in the Enterprise Zone at the I Wish 2018 events in Cork and Dublin. The EZ and Build it competition are supported by Cork and Dublin Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland.

I Wish co-founder Ruth Buckley said: “This year, we are asking students to create a video pitch initially and upload it to http://builditbygirls.iwish.ie/ along with other details before 17 January 2018. In addition to great prizes, the winning team will also win an incredible internship with a leading STEM company.”

As part of the Build It competition, the girls will be pitching their ideas in the I Wish Entrepreneur Zones. Following the live pitches, judges will adjudicate and decide the winners to announced at the I Wish events.

The showcase I Wish events are taking place at Cork City Hall on 25-26 January and in the RDS Dublin on 29-30 January 2018.

The I Wish showcase, sponsored by Dell EMC VMware with conference sponsors Arup, are free to attend and promise to benefit young women with hands-on practical information, talks and demonstrations by women in STEM roles.

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, I Wish is an initiative to encourage more girls in Ireland to consider science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses and careers, and the Build It competition is a key element of the events.

A full line-up of speakers and exhibitors and registration forms are online at www.iwish.ie.

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