Competition Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs in STEM

Young female entrepreneurs are being invited to enter their big business idea into the I Wish Build It competition. The winning business idea chosen from the I Wish events taking place in Cork and Dublin in January 2018 will qualify for a special I Wish internship with a leading STEM multinational.

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, I Wish is an initiative to encourage more girls in Ireland to consider science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses and careers, and the Build It competition is a key element of the events.

Speaking at the launch, I Wish co-founder Ruth Buckley said: “We are delighted to launch the Build IT competition as it represents another opportunity for girls to really think about potential STEM business ideas and pitch them in a real-life environment to a panel of successful entrepreneurs. This year, we are asking students to create a video pitch initially and upload it to along with other details before January 17th 2018. In addition to great prizes, the winning team will also win an incredible internship with a leading STEM company.”

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The Build it’ competition is supported by Cork and Dublin Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland. For more details visit

Pictured at a previous I Wish event is Orla O’Mahony from St. Brigids Killarney