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Are you Ireland's best young food entrepreneur?

Secondary school students across the country are invited to take part in the new ‘GROW 2 CEO' competition as GIY and Cully & Sully set about finding Ireland’s brightest young food entrepreneurs.

‘GROW 2 CEO’ combines food growing and entrepreneurship to inspire students to grow their own food, create a soup recipe using what they have grown, and develop a potential new business.

Growing kits will be delivered to students across the country that apply to take part in the 2018 competition. The kits will include everything the students need to grow vegetables including the seeds, pots, soil, How To Guide and plenty of expert growing tips from GIY.  Students will pair up in teams of two to complete 6 weeks of challenges before a shortlist of 5 teams will be chosen for the grand final. 

Throughout the ‘GROW 2 CEO' competition duration, students will be allocated a series of challenges and they will be asked to file the details of their new recipes and business plans for the judging phase.  5 student teams will then make the shortlist and will be invited to a ‘Dragon's Den' style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on May 18, 2018, where the winning duo will be selected and crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO' Champions.

Speaking about the new competition, founder of GIY Michael Kelly said, "This initiative aims to foster a spirit of food entrepreneurship in Irish secondary schools and discover Ireland's next young food entrepreneurs. It's a really fantastic opportunity to learn all about the food business from seed to shelf; we know that to make really good food you need really good ingredients and you can't get better than growing your own. We’re very excited to be part of what could potentially result in finding the country's next brilliant food enterprise."

During the ‘GROW 2 CEO' grand final, to be held in May 2018, a panel of judges will host a taste testing and test the business model and plans of the shortlisted finalists.

The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, 2 iPads for the winning team of two students and the winning teacher will receive an overnight trip to Ballymaloe.

Registration for participation in the competition is open from November 8th, 2017 until February 28th, 2018 with the grand final set to take place at GROW HQ on May 18th, 2018.

School students and teachers planning to participate in this nationwide competition can now sign up to take part via cullyandsully.com/ourgarden