March 15, 2016

2016 Young Scientists Bootcamp
Alanna Slater Desmond College, Top Left, part of the winning team at this years BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.

A talented team of five teenagers from Offaly, Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick today claimed the winning spot at the 2016 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp with their project entitled “Courses for horses; feeding performance horses as nature intended”.

The group presented to a judging panel of accomplished business professionals as they looked to demonstrate how their idea could improve the digestive health and efficiency of performance horses.

Alanna Slater aged 16 from Desmond College in Limerick, Daniel Carroll aged 16 from Colaiste Choilm in Offay, Khadija Gull aged 17 from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan in Dublin, Maeve Shaw aged 16 from Coláiste Pobal Osraí in Kilkenny, and David Hamilton aged 15 from Ardscoil Ris in Limerick won “best overall team” at the 7th annual BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.

The team impressed the judges with their well-planned and thought out business pitch for “Courses for Horses” which they presented this afternoon at NovaUCD.

The team was selected for its significant progress over the four-day workshop, which is designed to equip students with practical skills and knowledge to transform a creative idea into a viable business proposition. The students, selected because they displayed particular business ambition, are shown how to set up a company, write a business plan, create a marketing campaign, draft a budget and present their ideas competently to senior academics and business people.