Search on for best young food entrepreneurs

Pictured is Cully of Cully & Sully and Karen O'Donohoe GIY at the launch of GROW2CEO - schools across the country can now register for the 2019 competition via (Picture: Patrick Browne)

Registration is now open for GROW2CEO – a unique competition to find Irelands’ next young food entrepreneurs.

Launched this week, GROW2CEO will give students and teenagers across Irish secondary schools everything they need to start growing some food, get a better understanding of what goes into the food they eat, and how they can make healthier choices in their own lives.

The campaign involves four exciting challenges, which will take students on a fascinating journey where they will create their own food business and soup recipe, while learning all about where food comes from.

Free growing kits will be delivered to all of the teachers who register for the 2019 competition.

The kits will include everything the students need to grow spinach including the seeds, pots, soil and plenty of expert growing recipe development tips from GIY and Cully & Sully.

In the final phase, they will be asked come up with a soup recipe and business plan.

Three classes will then be selected for the competition finale – a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford in May, where the winning class will be selected and crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO’ Champions 2019.

The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school.

Participation is free and registration is open until 15th February 2019. The growing kits will be delivered to all schools that register to take part and the competition and challenge will commence on 4th March.

School students and teachers planning to participate in this nationwide competition can now sign up to take part via