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TCD Launchbox

Greener Globe CEOs, Cian Fogarty and Jack Dooley, have been accepted into the Launchbox Summer Accelerator programme in Trinity College Dublin. This is a 12 week long programme in which the selected participants grow their own startups. The programme is filled with workshops, mentorship and speakers to guide the entrepreneurs on their journey. It is run in an incubator style where all participants are in close proximity to allow ideas to flow and bounce around the group. Participants are also given office space to work from within the college itself. The programme begins on June 14th and runs all the way through to AUgust 31st. For more information on the programme visit... read more

JCI Award

  Greener Globe was recently awarded the very prestigious honour of being nominated in the Ten Outstanding Young People of the Year award for 2018. This award was designed and is run by Junior Chamber International JCI Dublin is part of an international organisation (JCI) aimed at members aged 18-40 focusing on leadership, entrepreneurship and active citizenship. The organisation has a strong focus on developing young leaders by involving them in the running of worthwhile projects which add to and enhance community life in Dublin. Junior Chamber International (JCI) is the largest worldwide organization for young leaders and entrepreneurs, founded in the United States in 1944 by Henry Giessenbier Jr. At the time, it was an alliance of various active youth organizations looking to connect in order to address the main issues of the day- in particular active citizenship, global values and the World Wars. Since it’s foundation, JCI grew rapidly- first to Canada and the United Kingdom, then around the globe- where it has become the largest young professionals platform of the world, currently numbering over 200’000 members and aims to create positive change and empower the leaders of tomorrow. JCI Dublin is one of the oldest chapters of this global organization here in Ireland, having been founded in 1957 with J.S. Leeson as it’s first President. The organization was historically housed in the famous Dublin Chamber of Commerce on Clare Street for the majority of its existence. 57 years onwards, JCI Dublin is a vibrant and worldly chapter still living in the spirit of JCI’s mission to “be better” and form the leaders and active citizens of... read more

Dragon’s Den Semi-Final

Trinity Dragon’s Den Semi Final! Greener Globe has advanced into the Trinity College Dragons Den Semi-Final! The final will be held in the college on the 8th of February. All support would be greatly... read more

Innovation, Ideas & Illumination – Trinity News

  Innovation, ideas and illumination Cian Fogarty, a JF General Science student, set up Greener Globe along with a classmate in their transition year. Next year they hope to see their product appear on shelves. By Aoifé McColgan on Sunday, November 19, 2017 Tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started with Greener Globe? Greener Globe began as a Transition Year project back in 2014 in our school in Tullamore, Offaly. It started just as any other mini company; with a pair of students brainstorming in the back of a classroom. We wanted to create a simple product that could potentially have a worldwide impact. We began by winning smaller local competitions and with a little bit of luck, coupled with our simple idea, the business began to gain a bit of traction.   By the end of TY we had won awards at the Young Scientist exhibition, SCIFEST and Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. The pinnacle of our success was when we went to Russia in August of 2014 representing Ireland in the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) World Cup. Competing against countries such as America, China and Canada throughout the three-day competition, it was tough to say the least. In the end, we won the world cup, bringing home gold for Ireland for the first time ever. This result was a springboard for Greener Globe’s big media campaigns and newfound partnerships with YSI and other companies.   Upon returning to Ireland we were given a Civic Reception from Offaly’s County Council. Considering the last person in Offaly to receive this accolade was world-class... read more

GG’s Presidential reception

  This time last year Jack and Cian represented Greener Globe in Áras an Uachtaráin to receive a Presidential Reception from President Michael D. Higgins. Pictured above is Cian, Jack and President Higgins along with their Tullamore College teachers and principal. This honour was bestowed on Greener Globe for their achievement of winning the SAGE World Cup. Mr. Higgins commented that it was “remarkable to see the innovation and creativity of two young Irish students”. He later remarked that the two young men were “paving the way for the future of our country”, “that social responsibility is all of our concern and wonderful ideas such as Aquacica should be made available to everyone in the world”. We at GG would like to thank YSI for the opportunity to compete at the SAGE World Cup and meet President... read more

YSI Launch their New Partnership with Ulster Bank

We were fortunate to be invited to the launch of Young Social Innovator’s launch of their new 3 year partnership with Irish banking giant Ulster Bank. It was a great chance for us to rub shoulders with some of the greatest minds in social innovation and business. The event took place in the CHQ Building on George’s Quays and was excellently set up. The Conference included speeches from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Baroness Thornton of the Young Foundation, Paul Stanley, interim CEO of Ulster Bank and Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, co-founder of Young Social Innovators on the importance of embracing a culture of social innovation across communities.   Through the new relationship, Ulster Bank will provide financial support to YSI and its participants, ensuring that social innovation in Ireland continues to be fostered from a young age. A record breaking 444 innovation projects have been entered into this year’s Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards by over 6,500 students nationwide, an increase of 8% from 2015. Across its programmes, YSI is currently accessed by approximately one in ten students throughout Ireland whilst it works to grow its interest and activities in Northern Ireland, Canada and Zambia. Addressing guests at the event, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD said: “There has never been a greater focus on innovation as an important driver of economic progress. Social innovation also has an important role to play in shaping the future of Ireland to be a country that is not only economically prosperous but that is a more inclusive and fairer society to live in. By engaging our young people in programmes such as Young Social... read more

Making Our World Greener Award 2014

Sponsored by NTR Foundation Pictured above is Lorcan, Cian and Jack with Natalie Hodgess receiving funding from the YSI Den in 2014 This project, Greener Globe, is concerned with energy and water consumption and aims to enhance people’s knowledge on their usage. The group was motivated by a desire to make a difference in this area to help protect vital resources for future generations. This YSI team chose to focus on energy and water wastage in both homes and farms. This is a huge problem experienced worldwide so the team decided to tackle 3 different concerns – spending too much time in the shower, water leaks on farms and keeping track of the daily energy consumption in a household. Having carried out research, the group discovered that people are generally spending too much time in the shower and are not keeping track of how much electricity they are consuming. The group’s innovative response to this was to design and make a prototype shower that contains an LED light and timer function. The shower begins with a green light, after five minutes in shower the light will go orange, this is highlighting you need to start getting ready to finish up and after 7 minutes it would go red.  In an effort to make people more aware of their household electricity usage the team came up with the idea of a photo of a weekly meter reading being sent to an icloud account rather than relying on the much less frequent bills. They also designed a leak detection system for farms to stop large leaks going unnoticed for long periods... read more

Tullamore College win SAGE World Cup in Moscow

Devices that detect water leaks and encourage users to take shorter showers have clinched a win and $2,000 for a Tullamore College team in the SAGE World Cup in Russia. The team was announced the winner of the social enterprise business category of the global entrepreneurship competition by Nelson Mandela’s grandson Ndaba Mandela yesterday evening (Monday) in Moscow. Speaking after the win team member Cian Fogarty said the group of students are now looking forward to developing their business in Ireland and beyond. Delegations from 16 countries arrived in Moscow to compete at the event last Friday. The Tullamore team beat off competition from Nigeria, South Africa and the USA in the final round of judging to win the top award. The team developed its initiative in an effort to tackle the global issue of water shortage. They created two innovative products in their fight to reduce national and international water wastage, which they have recently begun marketing and selling to farms, homes and businesses. Their water leak detection system for domestic, industrial and agricultural use notifies land owners or occupiers when a leak is present and identifies the source of the problem so leaks don’t go unnoticed for large periods of time, while their aqua cica shower head with integrated timed LED lights that follow a traffic light system encourages users to reduce water wastage by taking shorter showers. – See more at:... read more

Irish Students’ Water Conservation Products Win Global Entrepreneurship Award

Students from Tullamore College, Co. Offaly beat off competition from Nigeria, South Africa and the USA in a final round of judging to win the top award in the Social Enterprise Business category of the SAGE World Cup 2014!   Moscow, 11th August 2014: Students from Tullamore College, Co. Offaly beat off competition from Nigeria, South Africa and the USA in a final round of judging to win the top award in the Social Enterprise Business category of the SAGE World Cup 2014 (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship). Delegations from 16 countries arrived in Russia to compete at the event which has been taking place in Moscow from 8th August. The Irish student’s water conservation initiative was announced as the global category winner during the Awards Ceremony yesterday evening at which Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, delivered the keynote address. The Young Social Innovators’ team developed their social enterprise business in an effort to tackle the global issue of water shortage. They created two innovative products in their fight to reduce national and international water wastage which they have recently begun marketing and selling to farms, homes and businesses. Their Water Leak Detection System for domestic, industrial and agricultural use notifies the land owner or occupier that a leak is present and identifies the source of the problem so that leaks do not go unnoticed for large periods of time. Their ‘Aqua Cica’ shower head encourages users to reduce water wastage by taking shorter showers. The integrated timed LED lights follow a traffic light system of green, amber and red with the shower head... read more