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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 donated 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 March 19 as part of Innovation Month. (details to follow shortly).

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!


Applications for the SilverEship 2021 Competition are now closed.


Winners were announced on Friday, March 19. For details, see our News section or click here.

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