Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Generation Innovation hunt for young people to shape tomorrow’s world

Entrepreneurial students John Neill (left) and Scott Devlin (right) demonstrate their innovations to mentor Andrew Fulton (centre) as they urge teachers, parents and businesspeople to nominate students to become this years exclusive members of Generation Innovation. Membership of the exclusive support programme and network for Northern Irelands brightest and best young people will commence with an annual event at Titanic Belfast on Tuesday, November 20. To download a nomination form, please visit: www.nisp.co.uk.

Do you have the courage to change the world? That was the call today from Generation Innovation to ambitious students with the drive to become future leaders of the new economy.

Teachers, parents and businesspeople are being urged to nominate high potential young people to become this year’s exclusive members of Generation Innovation, commencing with an annual event at Titanic Belfast on Tuesday, November 20.

Generation Innovation - delivered by NISP CONNECT in partnership with representatives from the local business community – currently has over 100 members.

The programme aims to provide an exclusive support programme and network for Northern Ireland’s brightest and best young people that will harness their passion, talent and ambition to forge their own high achieving career.

Steve Orr, Director of NISP CONNECT, said: “Generation Innovation is seeking its next intake of young people who are most likely to go beyond the obvious careers paths and utilise their untapped potential for innovation and entrepreneurship.

“The network aims to develop long term relationships with these gifted young minds to provide them with the support they need to become future leaders of the new economy.

“We would encourage all principals, teachers, parents and businesspeople to nominate young people who have the ambition and passion to change the global business landscape and drive Northern Ireland’s future economic success.”

The programme will provide ambitious young people, regardless of background or exam grades, with the platform to be inspired by leading global innovators, to meet local entrepreneurs and like-minded young people, and to identify work experience positions and future career paths. Membership of the programme commences with an invitation to the annual event.

Students who will attend the event include 15-year-old John Neill from Down High School and 17-year-old Scott Devlin from Methodist College, both of whom have explored their interest in technology and engineering to develop their own products.

John has developed a product called ‘Key Caller’ which helps people locate their keys through mobile phone technology. He went on to represent the UK in Boston, where he pitched his idea to Broadcom and Fujitsu.

Scott has engaged in a number of sole trader activities over the past two years and is currently working on a new sports bottle which uses cheaper, more efficient production techniques. Eventually, he hopes to start his own technology business.

Members of Generation Innovation have access to a range of unique benefits, including mentoring opportunities from top business people, invitations to high profile networking events, and access to an exclusive online social network which allows members to exchange ideas, post news about their developments, and seek out internships and valuable business relationships.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Fulton is a local young entrepreneur who is a Generation Innovation success story. Andrew has founded a number of his own businesses and currently splits his time between studying in Edinburgh and working in Northern Ireland.

"Generation Innovation is an initiative which is key to nurturing local young talent in becoming future business leaders and is therefore vital to the recovery of the local economy,” he said.

“The network has enabled me to grow my entrepreneurial skill set and to secure internships, business opportunities and job offers. I would recommend it to any student with an eye for business and innovation - it could provide them with the platform to shine!”

The deadline for nominations to the Generation Innovation programme is Monday, October 29. To download a nomination form, please visit: www.nisp.co.uk.

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