The programme is free and participants are chosen based on their application outlining their idea and why they feel so strongly about it.
Absolutely not. Some participants in previous years have had significant experience and many have had zero experience. Applicants are chosen based on their passion for their idea.
From Monday, June 12th to Friday, June 16th between the hours of 9:00 and 18:00.
In the amazing ATU campus in Sligo. Safe, spacious and offering the best facilities in the country, ATU gives Bright Spark participants an the optimal location to develop their business idea.
The programme is an intensive five day experience run from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00 to 18:00.
The purpose of the programme is to give teens between the ages of 14 and 17 the opportunity and skills to develop an idea they think could be a commercial success and present it to a panel of experts.
Yes, applicants will receive a certificate of attendance and the overall winner(s) will win the Bright Spark Award as well as have their name(s) added to the Bright Spark perpetual trophy.
No. Everyone is welcome. Previous participants have been from Ireland, France, Russia, Spain, Poland, Italy and Korea. Enthusiasm is the only passport you need!
Yes, you will need at least an intermediate level of English, though you don't need to be native speaker level.
You don't need to be. You just need to be motivated to learn, open to new experiences and enthusiastic at the prospect of acquiring new skills.
It's a very common hurdle that people find a challenge, but it is a focus of the programme. A lot of previous participants have been apprehensive about speaking to a group and they found the skills training very helpful. So be brave!
Not necessarily. Studying business might be a benefit of course, but it isn't essential. If you think your idea could work, then write up your application and convince us.
Just speak from your heart. Communicate your excitement and enthusiasm; that's all you have to do. Your idea can evolve from a caterpillar to a butterfly once you're in the programme.