NUI Galway launches Ideas Academy Halloween camp

NUI Galway, in partnership with the HEA, recently launched the Ideas Academy Halloween camp. The academy is an online Halloween camp for second level students in transition year and senior cycle who want to create ideas that enhance the quality of life, and reimagine how ordinary problems related to Covid-19 can be solved in extraordinary ways.

The one-week free camp will focus on developing the entrepreneurial and innovation mindset of participants experientially using tools such as design thinking and the lean canvas together with getting first-hand experience of third level studies from different disciplines. The camp will be a positive environment for young entrepreneurs to develop, test, and pitch their ideas. The initiative is a cross campus partnership of LaunchPad, the student enterprise hub at NUI Galway, BioInnovate Ireland, the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, and the Discipline of Surgery.

The virtual camp will run daily from 10am to 12 noon from October 27 to 30, and will be themed on solutions to problems related to Covid-19. The camp is limited to 45 students, and is free to attend.

Speaking about the camp Natalie Walsh, executive director of NUI Galway LaunchPad, said: “We have worked with multiple schools across the region in recent years and have been so impressed with their enthusiasm and innovation, the Ideas Academy online camp gives us the opportunity to now broaden out our programme nationally and work with future innovators on a topic that has impacted upon all of our lives. We are so excited to launch this programme and work with students to tackle Covid-19 problems that they are facing in their homes, schools, and communities.”

Those interested in attending the NUI Galway Ideas Academy can register by Friday October 16 at


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