Winners Of Ireland’s Young Food Entrepreneur Competition Revealed

By Donna Ahern
Winners Of Ireland’s Young Food Entrepreneur Competition Revealed

The winner of the 'GROW2CEO' 2019 competition has been revealed to be transition year students from Gort Community School in Co. Galway

Earlier this year, secondary schools across the country in Ireland were invited by GIY and Cully & Sully to enter the 'GROW2CEO' competition.

In a statement the Cork based food company explained that the competition gave the students an opportunity to 'combine their food growing and entrepreneurial skills by growing their own food and using it to devise a soup recipe along with a complimentary branding and a marketing for their new enterprise'.

Skills 'Besides the Obvious'

"'GROW2CEO' is a fantastic vehicle for students to take learning out of the classroom and into the real business world," said Cullen Allen of Cully and Sully.

"It’s really about self-development."


Cullen outlined that 'besides the obvious' such as growing, cooking, branding and marketing the young food entrepreneurs learn how to conduct meaningful research, presentation skills, public speaking, idea development and technology.

"It also forces them to think about the food they eat and how its produced," He added.

"It is wonderful to see the spirit of business ignite amongst the student teams and know that they have gained real-life business skills, which will stand to them in their chosen careers."

Prize Pot

The winning students were awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which included a €3,000 school garden among other offerings and trips for the school.

Each runner up team was awarded €500.

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