‘Generation Next’ 2011 – Competition Winners

The  ‘Generation Next’ competition winners were announced at an awards ceremony last Friday (29.04.11) in the Tower Hotel in Waterford City.

The wining entries of the 2011 ‘Generation Next’ competition are:

‘Lesson’ category

‘Entreprenurial Lesson’

‘Entreprenurial Lesson’ centres on using an updated version of the ancient Aesop’s Fable of ‘The Miser’ to encourage children to think about saving, spending and investing money

Produced by Cian Ó Lorcáin from NUI Galway.

‘Teaching Aid / Tool’ category

‘Kidz Buzzness’

‘Kidz Buzzness’ is a toolbox for use in the classroom, packed full of fun ‘tools’ – including toy money – and instructions for pupils on setting up and running their own classroom-based ‘enterprises’.

Produced by Natalie Power and Carol Tompkins from Waterford IT.

Grand Prix winner of  ‘Generation Next’

‘Kidz Buzzness’

Produced by Natalie Power and Carol Tompkins from Waterford IT.

All of the shortlisted ‘Generation Next’ teams were in attendance at the awards ceremony along with their family and friends. Also in attendance was the Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Mary Roche, who awarded the prize for best ‘Lesson’.

Photographs from Friday’s event  – inlcuding photographs of all the teams – can be viewed here.

At Friday’s event, Sean Gallagher, the competition ambassador, delivered the keynote address and he also awarded the ‘Grand Prix’ award to the winning team.

‘Generation Next’ 2011 shortlist

‘Lesson’ Category

‘Enterprise Surprise’
Name: Robert O’Sullivan & Claire Williams    
College: Waterford Institute of Technology

‘Entrepreneurial Lesson’
Name: Cian Ó Lorcáin   
College:  NUI Galway

‘Hour Place’
Name: Anna McKenna, Gráinne Nolan, Kristine Nolan & Stephanie Wall   
College: Waterford Institute of Technology

‘Idea Generation Development in the Classroom’
Name: Gary O’Keeffe & Mark O’Keeffe   
College: University of Limerick

Name: Elaine Feeney   
College: University of Limerick

‘Mission Possible!’
Name: Katherine Mulhall & Aisling O’Dwyer  
College: Waterford Institute of Technology

‘Teaching Aid / Tool’ Category

‘Kidz Buzzness’
Name: Natalie Power & Carol Tompkins   
College: Waterford Institute of Technology

‘The Idea Generation’
Name: Robert Cashman   
College: Cork Institute of Technology

Awards Ceremony

We have now set a date for our awards ceremony. The event will take place on Friday, 29th April in Waterford City. In attendance will be our campaign ambassador, Sean Gallagher, and members of our experienced judging panel as well as representatives from ‘Generation Next’.

We will keep you updated on progress of the competition.

Update from ‘Generation Next’

The ‘Generation Next’ road-shows are now over. The turn-out was great and it was good to meet with students across Ireland and discuss the competition.

We are now busy preparing for our judging meeting and our Awards Ceremony. We hope to receive a number of high-quality applications.

We also want to hear from you, do you have any questions or feedback on ‘Generation Next’? We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Please get in touch by emailing: generationnext@dhr.ie.

‘Generation Next’ Hits the Road.

The ‘Generation Next’ team has been crisscrossing the country this week, meeting with third-level students to promote the competition. So far we have met with students in UCC and Cork IT. You can follow our travels and take a look at videos and pictures of where we have been on our Facebook page.

Next week we will be continuing our journey across the country. On Monday, 28th February we will be going West, visiting GMIT and NUIG. On Tuesday, we head to Munster again and visit UL, Limerick IT and Mary Immaculate. On Wednesday we’ll be making our way down to the South East, visiting Carlow IT and Waterford IT.

We’ll finish our road-show next Thursday with visits to two Dublin-based teaching training colleges, St. Patrick’s College and the Church of Ireland College of Further Education.

If you want to find out more about ‘Generation Next’, make sure to come along to one of these events and drop us an email at generationnext@dhr.ie.

‘Generation Next’ Road-show

‘Generation Next’ will be taking to the road over the next coming weeks. We will be visiting colleges across Ireland as part of our road-show to promote the competition to third-level students.

To date we have a number of colleges confirmed including in Dublin, Waterford and Cork.

Next week will be visiting the following colleges:

Tuesday, 22nd February

Where: Cork Institute of Technology (IT4 Lecture Theatre)

When: 1pm

Where: University College Cork (Boole 1)

When: 4pm

Wednesday, 23rd February

Where: Dublin City University (QG15)

When: 2pm

Thursday, 24th February

Where: University College Dublin (Q011)

When: 1pm

If you are interested in attending and / or finding out more about the ‘Generation Next’ presentations, please email: generationnext@dhr.ie.

New Competition to Encourage the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs


Tuesday, 15th February 2011

New Competition to Encourage the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

- €1,000 prize fund and Apple iPads up for grabs -

A new competition aimed at introducing entrepreneurship to young people was launched today (15.02.11) by Sean Gallagher, one of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs and a judge on the ‘Dragons’ Den’ television show.

‘Generation Next’ is a competition for third-level students, developed by the South-East Regional Authority (SERA) and supported by the nationwide network of County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs).

For the competition, third-level students are invited to submit ideas on how to introduce entrepreneurship as a subject in primary-school classrooms.  A prize fund of €1,000 and a number of Apple iPads are up for grabs for winning entries.

Cllr. John Cummins, Cathaoirleach of the SERA, said the competition is seeking creative entries from third-level students throughout Ireland, with a view to eventually implementing winning ideas in primary-school classrooms.

“We’re looking for innovative, creative entries from third-level students – ideas that would encourage primary-school children to start thinking about what it means to be an entrepreneur, and help them begin to develop the skills-set needed to set up an enterprise or business,” he said.

“‘Generation Next’ should be of interest to a wide range of students – in addition to those studying enterprise and education, it also offers students of disciplines such as digital media, art and communications an opportunity to submit their ideas and possibly see them implemented in classrooms throughout Ireland.   Entries can be based around the idea of a website, for example, or a series of animated drawings, or even a toolkit with games and role-plays for primary-school children, focusing on enterprise education.

“We have great prizes up for grabs; we’ve developed a judging panel that includes high-profile businesspeople; and we have Sean Gallagher – one of the country’s best-known entrepreneurs – as our competition ambassador.  So we’re looking forward to receiving a high level of entries and, over the coming weeks, we’ll be travelling to colleges throughout Ireland to meet students and encourage them to enter ‘Generation Next’.”

Speaking at today’s event, Sean Gallagher said: “This is a great initiative to get young people – both students at third level and children in primary schools – more interested in, and aware of, the role of enterprise and entrepreneurship in Irish society.  I have no doubt that this competition will help encourage the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs and help them develop Ireland’s future business successes.”

Students now have seven weeks to come up with ideas for ‘Generation Next’: the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, 8th April 2011.   The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony in late April 2011.  Further information and full guidelines are available at www.generationnext.ie.


Welcome to ‘Generation Next’

Hello and welcome to our new website. We will announce more details about ’Generation Next’  after our launch event in Dublin tomorrow.