Give Peas A Chance 2017 Round Up!

(If you’re new!)… Give Peas A Chance is a campaign that we carried with Secondary Schools and our partners, GIY. This consisted of 4 weekly challenges, a short-list of five schools and an overall winner! The idea of this campaign was to foster a sense of entrepreneurship in students and a sense of growing…and these students certainly delivered!

 So the competition is over and a winner has been chosen. And what a competition it was!

Schools went head-to-head for amazing prizes: A €3,000 garden for their school, two iPads for the winning students and a night away in Ballymaloe for their teacher!

7,000 Students, 3,000 Teams, A fifth of Secondary Schools…What a Success!
In short, the 4 weekly challenges involved planting and nurturing your little pots of peas, uploading progress with photos and videos, coming up with a ReciPEA for Success and finally a business plan!
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram was inundated with aspiring growers, chefs and entrepreneurs from around the country!

Check out just some of the fantastic entries we saw during the campaign:

The Finalists:

The thought, enthusiasm & fun each of the Soup-er students put into their pitch of their soup reciPEAs & business idea was mind blowing! 
With GIY, we shortlisted finalists and trying to narrow down to five schools was near impossible!! We followed a strict scoring sheet to pick the final teams. The criteria was:
  • Pea Plant Health
  • Frequency and standard of Social Media Postings
  • Engagement and Enthusiasm with the project from start
  • Business plan and strategy.

Shortlisted Teams

1.     Hazelwood College, Limerick (#PEA18)
2.     St Augustine’s, Dungarvan (#PEA114)
3.     Gort Community School, Galway (#PEA271)
4.     Ramsgrange Community School, Wexford (#PEA20)
5.     Our Lady’s School, Terenure, Dublin (#PEA265)

The finalists and their final recipes for tasting YUM!

Gort Community School, Galway (#PEA271)

St Augustine’s, Dungarvan (#PEA114)

Our Lady’s School, Terenure, Dublin (#PEA265)

Hazelwood College, Limerick (#PEA18)

Ramsgrange Community School, Wexford (#PEA20)

And the winner is……

St Augustine’s, Dungarvan (#PEA114)

Why did they win???
  • Confidence in their presentation 
  • Amazing market research (visited local businesses in their area)
  • Carried out soup tastings with in their school
  • Frequency in posting on social media 
  • Delicious soup recipe 

Well and truly deserved!