NUI Galway: Ideas Academy

NUI Galway: Ideas Academy

NUI Galway Launches New Ideas Academy Summer Camp for second level students in senior cycle

Today, NUI Galway in partnership with the HEA and Local Enterprise Office Mayo launched the Ideas Academy.   The Ideas Academy is a new summer camp for second level students in senior cycle who want to create ideas that enhance the quality of life and reimagine how ordinary problems can be solved in extraordinary ways. 

The one week free summer camps will focus on developing the entrepreneurial and innovation mindset of participants experientially using tools including Lego Serious Play (LSP), design thinking and the lean canvas.  The camp will be a positive environment for young entrepreneurs to develop, test and collaborate.  The camp is a cross campus partnership of LaunchPad, the student enterprise hub at NUI Galway, BioInnovate Ireland, The J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics and the Discipline of Surgery.  External partners are the Higher Education Authority and Mayo Local Enterprise Office.  The camps will run daily from 9:30-3:30. The Ideas Academy Ballina will run from the 4th to the 7th of June in the Ballina Chamber of Commerce. Camps are limited to 25 students per camp, are free to attend and lunch is provided for all participants.  Each camp will run a final Idea Pitch competition with a €1,000 Prize fund for the top teams in the camp.

Enthusiasm, Innovation and Inspiration

Speaking about the camp Natalie Walsh, Executive Director of LaunchPad stated that, “We have worked with multiple schools across the region in recent years and have been so impressed with their enthusiasm and innovation, the Ideas Academy was a natural next step for our programme and programme partners to engage in, one we are proud to be in a position to Launch in Galway and Mayo.”

John Magee, Head of Enterprise with Mayo County Council stated, “We are delighted to partner with the LaunchPad to bring the Ideas Academy to Ballina. Mayo has a fantastic entrepreneurial culture among our young people and this camp is an exciting opportunity for second level students to further develop their ideas in a structured setting. The week is free, fun and an incredible chance to learn from other inspirational young Mayo people.”

The Ballina Ideas Academy will run from the 4th– 7th of June, interested participants can register their interest here

Places for eligible participants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

For further information please contact:- [email protected]

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