What’s it all About?

We want to promote innovation

To reward and promote innovation in Drogheda secondary school students.

An innovation is the development of a new or better way of doing something. It may be an improvement on an existing process, or a small modification or change that can make a big difference.

Most of all it is about original thought and using your skills and knowledge to progress or advance something.

Innovators make things happen and change the world we live in. They are hard working, persistent and believe in their ability.

Innovations can be small or big, but their effect is always to make change.

The world needs innovators. Innovators save lives, invent new drugs, make things faster, smaller and more efficient. Innovators create jobs, wealth and improve the world we live in.

Have you got a big idea?


We are seeking applications from individuals or teams on innovation ideas in the following categories:

  • Science and Technology – a technical or scientific innovation
  • Enterprise/Business – a new business idea
  • Social Enterprise – a non-profit innovation that will change our society

The choice is yours - but - it’s got to be an original idea.

Science and Technology category relates to innovation projects in any of the sciences.

Enterprise/Business category relates to potentially profitable business innovation projects.

Social Enterprise category relates to not-for-profit social innovations that improve or make better the communities we live in.

Who can apply

Applications are open to students attending the following schools:

  • Drogheda Grammar School
  • Our Lady’s College
  • Sacred Heart Secondary School
  • St Joseph’s Secondary School
  • St Mary’s Diocesan School
  • St Oliver’s Community College
  • Ballymakenny College
  • Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer
  • Coláiste na hInse, Bettystown

Applications to the Young Scientist Exhibition or Louth Student Enterprise Awards are also accepted.


There will be prizes in each category for both individual and team entries and one overall competition prize.

Closing Date

Initial Application deadline is 24 February 2017

Applicants will be invited to attend an Innovation Workshop at Coca-Cola International Services on 02 March 2017

The Initial Application can then be adapted and re-submitted by 28 April 2017

The successful finalists will be short-listed and invited to attend the final at East Coast Bakehouse on 12 May 2017

Application Form & Judging Criteria

You can download an application form here. The form also outlines the judging criteria and other key information about the competition.
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Latest News

Drogheda Young Innovators Awards 2016

Date: Thursday 12 May 2016

Drogheda Young Innovators 2016 Winners

On Thursday, 12 May, the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition Final for transition year students took place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Centre of Innovation. Twenty-one projects were shortlisted from the initial 52 applications, and prizes were awarded in each of the three categories (Science, Business and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries, and one overall competition prize. This is the third year of the awards which focus on all aspects of innovation.

Over 50 students heard businesswoman, and Dragon from RTE’s Dragon’s Den, Alison Cowzer, speak on innovation, and the process of creating a new biscuit production facility. Alison is co-founder and Marketing / Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland’s only large scale biscuit manufacturing business, based in Drogheda. Alison told the students that they should be proud of their achievements, and that, based on her conversations with them, she was confident that many of them will have significant achievements in the future, “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories. The standard is very high, and I’m not surprised that the judges found it so difficult to pick the winners. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise or business. The winners include:

  • “Flashdiscs” – Overall winner of DYI 2016, Drogheda Grammar School (pictured above)
  • “First Year Starter Pack” – Business Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
  • “Goaty Goodness” – Business Group Category, Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer
  • “BMC Digital Workshop” – Social Enterprise Individual Category, Ballymakenny College
  • “How You Doin’?” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Ballymakenny College
  • “Investigation of Glitter Paths” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
  • “Puppy Planner” – Science Individual Category, St. Joseph’s CBS
  • “A Comparative Study of invertebrates that inhabit tree bark at night” – Science Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has been a success over the past few years”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being supported by some innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus and MOR Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community”.

The format of the competition changed this year, which resulted in a higher number of applications and greater support for local innovative companies. In March, more than 80 students attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their enterprise. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community.”

Drogheda Young Innovators - Award Winners Update

Date: Monday 22 February 2016

Both Elle Loughran and Anna McEvoy of Our Lady’s College Greenhills have represented Drogheda and Ireland abroad in various youth entrepreneurship initiatives.

In January 2016 Elle Loughran launched her own website www.tigertunity.com which aims to help second and third-level students to find work opportunities, scholarships and competitions . She also attended the Outbox Incubator programme in London last August for females making a valuable contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

Drogheda Young Innovators Awards 2015

Date: Friday 15 May 2015

Drogheda Young Innovators 2015 Winner Elle Loughran

On Friday 15 May, eighteen students from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Our Lady’s College Greenhills and Coláiste na hInse Secondary School attended the prize-giving ceremony hosted at The Mill Enterprise Hub.

Drogheda Young Innovators is a competition to reward and promote innovation amongst secondary school students in Drogheda. This is the second year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation. The awards were established by serial entrepreneur Geoff Fitzpatrick, in partnership with The Mill.

Applications from individuals and groups were judged in three categories:

  • Science and Technology ; a technical or scientific innovation
  • Enterprise / Business ; a new business idea
  • Social Enterprise ; a non-profit innovation that will change our society

Two individual and four group winners were chosen, with an overall winner, Elle Loughran (pictured above) from Our Lady’s College, receiving a cash prize of €300 for her Science project "Novel graphene functionalization to detect attraction".

The other winners included:

  • Niamh Kelly (Our Lady’s College) – Social Enterprise Individual Winner with the project “An investigation of mathematical concepts and connections in a garden”
  • Orla Molloy and Neasa Early (Our Lady’s College) – Science Group Winners with their project on “Mathematical analysis of number patterns in winning draws in the national lottery”
  • Lucy Murray, Aoife Mc Auley, Sean Mortalo and Alanna Hogan (Coláiste na hInse) – Business Group Winners with their project “Dear Santa”
  • Ben Pentony, Kevin Doyle, Dylan O’Rourke and Thomas Monk (St. Mary’s) – Business Group Winners with their project “The Chopping Board Co”
  • Leighton Egan, Ben Mooney, Killian Kierans, Darragh Beirth, Dean Gunnery and Lee Mc Guiness (Coláiste na hInse) – Social Enterprise Group Winners with their project “Cosy Capall”

For a full list of the 2015 winners of the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition click below:
2015 Winners

Last year’s winner, Anna McEvoy went on to win a trip to attend and exhibit at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where she has just won the 1st Place Monsanto Company Special Award.

Drogheda Young Innovators Awards 2014

Date: Saturday 3 May 2014

Drogheda Young Innovators 2014 Award Ceremony

Anna McEvoy, pictured above, a 17-year-old student at Our Lady’s College in Greenhills, Drogheda, was awarded the title of ‘Sentinus Young Innovator 2014’ for her project ‘Aetiology of bleeding canker disease of Horse Chestnut trees’.

Anna conducted research into the presence of bleeding canker on horse chestnut trees throughout Ireland and used an investigative method to identify the causal agent.

For her award Anna will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend and exhibit at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2014 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Her teacher, Ms Frances O’Regan, also received the Intel Educator of Excellence award and an all-expenses paid trip to attend at Intel ISEF 2014.

For a full list of the 2014 winners of the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition click below:
2014 Winners

In 2014 more than 120 schools from the primary, secondary and special education sectors competed in the Sentinus Young Innovators event which took place in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast and was attended by more than 3,000 young people.

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