GROW2CEO

GROW2CEO supported by Accenture, is a food growing challenge for 10,000 secondary students across Ireland.

Students will grow food, cook up a business idea, and launch it. The prize? Winning schools (one per region) will win a school garden valued at €2,000, a mini-grant voucher valued at €500, and an exclusive food skills workshop at GIY’s GROW HQ in Waterford City.

 

How does it work?

  1. A teacher registers their school and a GROW2CEO kit (with enough materials for 32 students to grow peas) and a teacher resource book with the 5 challenges will be sent to the participating schools at the beginning of March.
  2. The students then plant their seeds, form into teams, and collaborate to create their food business idea.
  3. The teacher is responsible for submitting the teams’ entries to the provided email address, grow2ceo@giy.ie
  4. GIY and Accenture will select three finalists for the Dragon’s Den-style events, which will take place in four regional locations: Cork, Waterford, Dublin, and Galway.
  5. Winning schools (one per region) will win a school garden valued at €2,000, a mini-grant voucher valued at €500 as well as a visit to GIY’s GROW HQ’s urban farm & zero-waste café to participate in a one-day food skills course with GIY’s head chef, head gardener, and CEO​. Of course we can’t forget about you amazing teachers! Winning teachers will receive a weekend away to the value of €2,000, so sign up now and get growing!

Unfortunately, registration for GROW2CEO has now closed.

 

FAQs about GROW2CEO Campaign

  1. What is the GROW2CEO campaign? GROW2CEO by GIY, kindly supported by Accenture is a campaign aimed at secondary school students across Ireland. It seeks to inspire and cultivate the next generation of food entrepreneurs by encouraging them to grow their own food, develop innovative business ideas, and establish new food businesses over a learning program.
  2. Who can participate in GROW2CEO? The program is designed for secondary school students in Ireland, teachers can register for a kit for their class. Up to 250 post-primary schools across the country are expected to participate, engaging around 10,000 young people.
  3. What will participants learn during the program? Participants will gain hands-on experience in food growing, develop sustainable food-related digital marketing and business plans, and receive guidance from industry experts. They will also engage with local businesses to gain practical insights and knowledge.
  4. What resources will participating schools receive? Registered schools will receive a growing kit with materials for 32 students to grow their own peas. Each student’s pouch will contain compost discs, peas and growing instructions, the pouch can be used to grow the peas seeds.
  5. What is the ultimate goal of the campaign? The campaign aims to create sustainability leaders who can transform our food system and address the climate emergency. It focuses on building skills in self-sufficiency, food growing, and entrepreneurship, empowering students to become agents of change for a sustainable future.
  6. What do students have to do to win?
    1. Form a Team and Brainstorm: After receiving the growing kit, students will form teams and start brainstorming their food business ideas.
    2. Complete Challenges: There are five challenges designed to guide the teams through the process of creating a comprehensive business plan. These challenges are likely to cover various aspects of starting and running a food business, such as market research, financial planning, product development, and sustainability practices.
    3. Create a Business Plan: Teams will use the experience and knowledge gained from completing the challenges to write a detailed business plan. This plan should outline their food business idea, how it will operate, its sustainability credentials, and its market potential.
    4. Submission of Business Plans: Teachers will collect and submit the completed business plans to the GROW2CEO campaign via email at GROW2CEO@giy.ie.
    5. Multiple Entries Allowed: It’s important to note that teachers can submit multiple entries per class, which allows for a variety of business ideas to be proposed and increases the chances of a school’s success in the competition.

    By following these steps and creating a standout business plan, teams can increase their chances of being selected as finalists for the regional Dragon’s Den-style events and ultimately winning the GROW2CEO campaign.

  7. What will the winning schools win? Winning schools (one per region) will win a school garden valued at €2,000, a mini-grant voucher valued at €500 as well as a visit to GIY’s GROW HQ’s urban farm & zero-waste café to participate in a one-day food skills course with GIY’s head chef, head gardener, and CEO​. Of course we can’t forget about you amazing teachers! Winning teachers will receive a weekend away to the value of €2,000.
  8. When does the campaign finish? The program finishes in a Dragon’s Den-style finale at regional locations, where students will pitch their business ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’ from Accenture and GIY. These events will take place the week of the 20th May.
  9. What is the vision of GIY and Accenture in launching this campaign? The vision is to drive sustainability and purpose, supporting communities to prepare for the future through collaborative efforts. This initiative aims to equip young people with the tools and skills needed to become future sustainability leaders.

If you have any questions please contact Katie by emailing GROW2CEO@giy.ie.

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