Competition launched to encourage female entrepreneurs in Ireland

05 December, 2017

The I Wish ‘Build IT’ competition is looking for girls with business ideas to pitch them in January 2018 in Dublin and Cork, Ireland with the hope of winning a coveted I Wish internship with a leading STEM multinational. 


Female participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) needs to be boosted to close the current skills gap within the industry. The premise of the event is to inspire, encourage and motivate girls to consider a career in STEM by showcasing their big business ideas.


When I Wish began 3 years ago, it took 1 000 female students, but it has gained traction since then and in 2018 they aim to reach 5 000 students.


At the events, attendees will receive hands-on practical information, workshops, talks and demonstrations by women in STEM. As well, entrants will pitch their ideas in the Enterprise Zone for the judges.


I Wish co-founder Ruth Buckley said: “We are delighted to launch the Build IT competition … as it represents another opportunity for girls to think about potential STEM business ideas and pitch them in a real-life environment panel of successful entrepreneurs.”


A number of prizes are up for grabs, as well as the STEM internship for the winning team.  


The events are funded by Science Foundation Ireland, and supported by Cork and Dublin Local Enterprises, as well as Enterprise Ireland.


Applicants are asked to create and upload a video pitch to the Build IT website before 17 January 2018.


The showcase events will occur in Cork City Hall on 25 and 26 January 2018, and RDS Dublin on 29 and 30 January 2018. Attendance is free.


To register, click here