13 June, 2017 - Minister Bruton welcomes start of Entrepreneurship Summer Camps for second level students

€250,000 invested to provide nearly 1,000 places on new summer camps in higher education institutions across the country

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday 13 June) welcomed the commencement of the entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation summer camps for second level students.  

The first summer camp starts in Dublin City University this week. Summer camps will be run in twenty higher educations over the summer months.

The summer camps, which help students get hands-on experience of developing innovative ideas to solve problems and creating new products and services, will build on the expertise in each institution. 

Welcoming the new summer camps, Minister Bruton said:

“A goal of the Action Plan for Education is to ensure that entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation are nurtured by the education and training system. This will help sustain our economic recovery and help to adapt our national skills base to meet the challenges of growth in the modern world. 

“As Jobs Minister, I set out to ensure we supported a vibrant eco-system for entrepreneurs in Ireland and I’m continuing that work here in education. 

“This is the first time that these types of summer camps have been run to enable second level students to engage inactivities that stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and design skills among students.  

“It’s great to see higher education institutions providing these activities for students so that they get to experience life on a higher education campus.”

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ProviderSummer Camp Name
Athlone Institute of TechnologyEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
Cork Institute of TechnologyStep up to the Mark
Dundalk Institute of TechnologyEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
Galway-Mayo Institute of TechnologyGMIT Young Entrepreneurs Summer Camp
Institute of Technology, CarlowEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
Institute of Technology, TallaghtEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017: (culinary and digital media)
Institute of Technology, TraleeEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
Limerick Institute of Technology and MICEmpower: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Innovation, Entrepreneurship Youth
Waterford Institute of TechnologyTransition Year Enterprise Camp: Exploring Possibilities
National College of Art & DesignYoung Entrepreneurs Bootcamp
St. Angela’s College SligoRobotics, App Development and BBC micro: bit Camp for Pre-Junior Certificate students
Dublin City UniversityEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
Maynooth UniveristyEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
National University of Ireland, GalwayStart Me Up
Trinity College Dublin (Walton)Trinity Walton Club STEM+ ICE
University College CorkEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
University College DublinEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017
University of LimerickEntrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camps 2017