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Tullamore students get the ‘Intel’ to become Young Entrepreneurs


  • This week in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 150 local Transition Year students took part in an Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp in conjunction with the Lions Club Ireland
  • The participating students were from Coláiste Choilm, Tullamore, Sacred Heart, Tullamore, Killina Presentation School and Tullamore College


This week in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 150 local Transition Year students took part in an Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp in conjunction with the Lions Club with the aim of creating young innovators and empowering future entrepreneurs to create solutions for today’s problems and creating employment.

The camp is a practical and intensive two day program which helps participants to go through an ideas development framework and build on foundation skills that can be used for any big initiatives in their career – like a science or engineering project, social innovations, creating disrupting technologies and breakthroughs or creating the next big start-up.

The aim of the camp is to develop ideation and innovation skills in young people by giving them an opportunity to work on real challenges from the world around them. It is a transformational model designed to help participants experience and develop skills to increase the relevance, scale and impact of their ideas.

Intel entrepreneurship experience programs build on Intel’s leadership in technology and innovation and it’s respected track record of investing in improving education globally.

Paul Phelan of the Corporate Affairs Group at Intel attended the camp this week and said “It is great to see the enthusiasm of the students as they learn these new skills. Proliferation of this kind of learning to other schools across the country through the Lions clubs network will hopefully be the seed of many entrepreneurs and new start-ups of the future”.

Part of the Lions Clubs of Ireland’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, a mission which is closely aligned with the aims of the Ideation Camp. Paul Bell of Tullamore Lions Club also attended the Ideation camp and added “Lions Clubs of Ireland are thrilled to be teamed up with Intel in this incredibly rewarding project. It gives Lions Clubs a great connection with the youth of our areas and gives us the feeling that we are genuinely helping to educate the successful entrepreneurs of the future. Wouldn’t it be unreal to meet a businessperson in the future and for him/her to say that it was from attending our Ideation camp was the spark that convinced them to set up their own business. In the current economy new start – up’s are the way forward and we all owe it to the youth of today to give as much help and guidance to help them in their future careers”.

At this particular camp the students tackled the issue of Youth Unemployment during the 2 day long session which then concluded with a judging review during which the student teams pitched their various ideas. The winning team was;

  • Sean Connolly – Coláiste Choilm, Tullamore
  • Jamie Cronly – Coláiste Choilm, Tullamore
  • Jane Dooley – Sacred Heart, Tullamore
  • Saran Walsh – Sacred Heart, Tullamore
  • Cathal O’Brien – Killina Presentation School
  • Emma Kirwan – Tullamore College

The winning team came up with a novel idea to develop a video game that would provide users with tutorial guidance on preparing for a job interview.

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Local students Ross Wynne, Luke Molloy, Wayne Mooney, Eoin Jaffrey and Daire Foley take part in the Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp

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Local students hard at work at the camp which took place this week in Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Further images can be found here: Intel / Lions Ideation Camp in Tullamore – a set on Flickr

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