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SilverEship Competition

Back by popular demand, the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence is delighted to bring you the SilverEship Competition 2022. Now in it's second year, this competition is for MTU staff and retired staff.  

With a growing older population brings great opportunities and challenges for society and the economy. The EU 2020 Strategy calls for citizens in our ageing society to live actively and independently for longer and to continue contributing to society and to the economy … the Silver Economy as it has become known. This rapidly growing silver economy is an untapped market for businesses. 

With this in mind, we are setting a challenge and some fun, with great prizes for your chosen charity!



  1. Highlight a problem/issue related to older people (max 100 words).
  2. Provide a business idea which could potentially solve this problem/issue (max 150 words). 
  3. Nominate a charity.



Prizes will be awarded for:

  • 2 x Best Idea - €250 each*
  • Best Chance of Commercialisation - €150*

* Half of the prize will go to the winner and half to the winner's chosen charity.


We encourage you all to enter as many ideas as you like. Winners will be announced on 24 March as part of MTU's Enterprise & Innovation Month 2022. 

To learn more about the Silver Economy and to see some examples for ideas, take a browse through the following links:

So! Get thinking, fill in the application form below and be part of the excitement of Enterprise & Innovation Month 2022. GOOD LUCK!


Applications for the SilverEship Competition 2022 are now closed.





For winners and runners up 2021, see our News section or click here.

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