Ireland’s Food Entrepreneur Competition

April 14th is the last chance for transition year students for secondary school students to enter the GIY and Cully & Sully ‘Give Peas A Chance’ food entrepreneur competition.


Students are invited to take part in the ‘Give Peas A Chance’ competition, which combines food growing and entrepreneurship in order to engage and inspire students to grow their own peas and to devise a soup recipe using what they have grown to come up with a ReciPEA for Success.


Ireland’s Food Entrepreneur Competition

Pictured are 4th year students Abby May Fitzmaurice and Roisin Lynam of Newtown Secondary School in Waterford, they are encourgaing other students of get onboard with the ‘Give Peas A Chance’ competition.

Through this initiative growing kits will be delivered to 7,500 students across the country. The kits include everything the students need to grow peas including seeds, pots, soil and plenty of growing tips from GIY. Students are asked to pair up in order to undertake the challenge.


According to Michael Kelly founder of GIY, “TheGive Peas a Chance’ competition aims to foster a spirit of food entrepreneurship in Irish secondary schools and discover Ireland’s next young food entrepreneurs. It offers a real opportunity for students to gain hands on experience in all segments of the food business from growing, to recipe development to ingredient and nutritional listings and pitching their very own product; it’s going to be a great learning experience.”


During ‘Give Peas A Chance’ students will undertake a series of challenges and in the final phase they will be asked to file the details of their own ‘ReciPEA For Success’ using their home-grown peas as inspiration for abrand-new soup recipe. A number of these student ‘reciPEAS’ will then make the shortlist and the students will be invited to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on May 24th, 2017 where a winning team of two will be selected and crowned Give Peas A Chance Champions.


The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, 2 iPads for the winning team of two students and the brand new winning soup recipe will be produced and served at the GIY Café GROW HQ.


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


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