Last weekend, students involved with the Trinity Walton Club took part in two Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) summer camps, organised in partnership with Bank of Ireland.
The three-day event provided second level students with an opportunity to explore their STEM ideas and projects, as well as to allow them to develop as entrepreneurs.
Director of Trinity Walton Club and Assistant Professor in Physics Dr Arlene O’Neill said: "For most, if not all of our Alphas, this was the first time they experienced what it would take to bring their STEM ideas to the marketplace. It was wonderful to see them fully embrace this opportunity, and advance their problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills."
The camps were broken into two parts, which involved unravelling the processes behind science and creativity, and exploring the idea of ideas, followed-up with start-up mentorship and pitch training.
Throughout the camps, each team applied the Lean Canvas Model to their ideas, conducted their own market research, developed market value propositions, and finally delivered a series of pitches.
The summer camp was organised by Trinity Walton Club and facilitated by project Architect, Sarah Tully, and Entrepreneur in Residence in Bank of Ireland, Gene Murphy.
Murphy, who has previously delivered the GEARS48 entrepreneurship programme to various groups, said: "This is one of the youngest age profiles we’ve delivered this programme to, and they had no problem diving straight in. Throughout the camps, they pitched some really good start-up ideas and I’m already looking forward to the final pitch event."
Students from both camps will come back in September to compete in the Ultimate Pitch Event, where one team will win the inaugural STEM+ICE trophy.
Quotes from students involved in the Trinity Walton Club on their ICE experience
“I’ve learnt a lot more about presentation and what goes into making a startup.”
“It’s great to be able to work together and bounce ideas off each other, and it brings our friendship closer together as well”
“I feel like I have the skills necessary to start up a business from an idea”
“I really think that it’s such an enriching and amazing programme”