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.
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 golfer Shane Lowry, we were very privileged. A few weeks later this led to a Presidential Reception from President Michael D. Higgins. We received help from our Local Enterprise Office and YSI to grow our business along the way, which was invaluable to our success.
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