Sunday 25 February 2018

Junior Dragons' Den to showcase country's brightest young minds

TWENTY of the country's brightest young minds will present their ideas in front of the RTE Dragons' Den panel this Sunday.

This weekend sees the first of two special editions of RTÉ's Dragons' Den, aiming to showcase up and coming entrepreneurial talent in Ireland.


Hundreds of applications from students between the ages of 12 and 18 were narrowed down to 60 finalists, of which 20 made it to the Junior Den.


Successful companies will receive mentorship from a Dragon and a bursary of €2,000.


On this Sunday's show, students from across Ireland present their innovative ideas and products to Dragons Gavin Duffy, Ramona Nicholas, Peter Casey, Eamonn Quinn and Barry O'Sullivan.


Two fifth year students from Co. Leitrim present their prototype for a simple but fun game, which Altocloud CEO Barry O'Sullivan describes as "incredibly addictive".


'The Cow Tail Lifter', developed by two Limerick lads, which aims to help make life easier for dairy farmers will be pitched to the panel. The straightforward sounding device has got substantial research behind it and its creators have come to the Den extremely prepared.


A foodie friendly app for the tech generation is the brainchild of Eva and Eppie, both from Navan. The pair launched a cook book earlier this year to resounding success- 350 copies sold in an hour. They hope to impress the judges with their app Live Life, Love Food, which aspires to promote cooking to their own generation. An Irish language app is also being pitched by two teens from Tramore, Co. Waterford.


Other entries include Enter Easy Coil, a storage system that prevents Christmas tree lights and other wire devices from becoming tangled. Cladagh Resources founder Peter Casey has tipped Easy Coil's inventor Christian for great success.


USB stick bracelets, school books, medical products and personalised hurling sticks will also be showcased


Junior Dragons' Den airs on RTÉ One this Sunday 18th May at 9.30pm.

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