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The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence is delighted to launch this inaugural ideas competition 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.


Four prizes of €200 each will be donted to the nominated charities. The prizes will be awarded for:

  • 2 x Best Idea
  • 1 x Best Chance of Commercialisation
  • 1 x Most Interesting Problem/Issue Identified

Enter as many ideas as you like. Winners will be announced during Innovation Month (March).

Some examples for ideas can be found at the following links:

So! Get thinking, fill in the application form below and be part of the excitement of Innovation Month 2021. GOOD LUCK!

Closing date for applications: March 4, 2021.

If you have any queries, please contact Catriona at the Hincks Centre:


Before filling in the application form, please read the
Data Protection Notification for the competition by clicking here.

Information Collected is Used for the Purposes of the Competition Only.


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SilverEship Competition 2021

1. Highlight a problem/issue related to older people.
2. Provide a business idea which could potentially solve this problem/issue.
3. Nominate a charity.
  • Please read the Data Protection Notification for SilverEship Competition 2021 (above) and check the box if you agree to the contents.
  • Please enter your name as First Name and Last Name
    First Name
    Last Name
  • Please provide your mobile phone number. We will only contact you on this number in relation to the competition.
  • Maximum 100 words.
  • Maximum 150 words or 1 minute video explaining the idea uploaded to YouTube unlisted. Please past the link below.
  • Proof of donations made will be posted on this page.
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