Have you got a mini Gordon Ramsey at home? If your kids spend their free time baking sweet treats and coming up with unusual recipes, they’re going to love the sound of this project.


Secondary school students across Ireland have been invited to take part in the new ‘GROW 2 CEO’ competition. GIY and Cully & Sully are on the lookout for the country’s brightest young food entrepreneurs.


Founder of GIY Michael Kelly said, "We’re very excited to be part of what could potentially result in finding the country's next brilliant food enterprise."


The competition aims to inspire students by combining food growing and entrepreneurship. Participants will be asked to grow their own food, create their own soup from the ingredients they have grown themselves and establish a business plan.


21,000 students will receive their very own growing kits, so they can grow their own food. The participants will receive all the perfect tools to help kick-start their business and to make some delicious soup.



Students who are interested in taking part have been asked to pair up for the competition.


The kits will feature seeds, pots, and soil, as well as a tonne of tips from GIY. Students will also receive plenty of SOUPort from Cully & Sully.


The participants will face a series of challenges throughout the competition. Those who reach the final stage have to present their business idea to GIY.


Six student teams will be asked to deliver their ‘Dragon's Den' style pitch at the GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on May 18, 2018.


The winning duo will have the honour of being crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO' Champions.



The successful duo will win €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, the members of the winning team will receive two iPads and the winning teacher will receive an overnight trip to Ballymaloe. The winning class will also all get a Cully & Sully hoodie.


Cullen Allen of Cully & Sully said, “We can’t wait to see what the classes of 2018 have in store for us”


Participants can register for the competition NOW! The closing date for entries is February 28, 2018. The finale will take place just before the end of the school year on May 18, 2018.


If you’re interested in taking part in the nationwide competition you can sign up here.