Welcome to Grow 2 CEO

GIY (Grow it Yourself) have teamed up with Cully & Sully, one of Ireland’s biggest food business success stories to create the GROW 2 CEO campaign to foster a spirit of food entrepreneurship in Irish secondary schools.
We want students to replicate the Cully & Sully success story by using their class grown food to create a recipe, name it, and pitch it to us as a food business of the future. The competition will take place over 6 weeks and comprise of 4 challenges. 



To Enter:

To enter you need to register your class for a grow kit. We will send you out a free growing kit on before the 23rd of March with everything you need including, seeds, pots, soil and plenty of growing tips from GIY. 

The Competition:

Once you receive your kit it’s as easy as 1,2,3:
  • Step 1: Divide your class into teams of 2. (Your kit has enough for up to 15 teams to take part)
  • Step 2: Plant your seeds!
  • Step 3:  Complete the challenges!

The Prizes:

There will be one overall prize of €5000 which consists of a €3000 vegetable garden for the winning school, 2 iPADs for the winning students, and an overnight stay in Ballymaloe House for the winning teacher.

The Challenges

Students are to replicate the Cully & Sully success story by using their class grown rocket to create a soup recipe. The 5 most impressive teams will come down to GROW HQ in Waterford in May to represent their class to pitch their idea. 
To win the grand prize your teams need to show us their progress, complete the 4 weekly challenges and show us their #GROW2CEO story.  
The growing season will run from April to May 2018. The students will have two weeks to upload the first challenge, this gives them a chance to get the seeds planted and become familiar with the challenges, we recommend that the students read through the guidelines for each of the four challenges in the first week. 
The students will also have two weeks for the final challenge as this will involve a good deal of preparation.

The Kits

You will receive your kit before the 23rd March, so that you and your students can get stuck in as soon as you get back from Easter Holidays. Your kit will contain:
  • 15 Cully & Sully Soup Tubs
  • 15 Wooden spoon plant markers (write numbers on the spoons and give one to each team)
  • 15 packets of rocket seeds
  • Handbook and Growing Guide

Week 1

(9th April – 20th April)

Sing for Your Supper:

Sing us your puns – upload a video singing a popular song with lyrics changed to include vegetable puns.

Week 2

(Week of 23rd April)

Who’s Your Inspiration:

Meet local business owners, get tips, upload a flipbook.

Week 3

(Week of 30th April)

Show Us What You’re Made of:

Give us more insight into your business with a 30sec behind the scenes video.

Week 4

(Week 14th May)

The Final Countdown:

Create a 30 second advert for your product! 

There are 3 ways to update us:

Each week we will email you full details of the challenge for the week ahead, students must post their progress to social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the class hashtag.. Your class hashtag will have arrived by email shortly after you register. Students must use this hashtag along with #GROW2CEO on Twitter, Instagram and our Facebook page. If they don’t use the class hashtag we won’t know which class you are and you won’t win any prizes!

Join GIY

If your class is taking part in Grow 2 CEO or even if you grow at school in another way then you can become part of the GIY family.

There are GIY groups of all shapes and sizes all over the world and by registering your food growing group HERE you are becoming part of that global movement of food growers.

By registering with us then you will automatically get regular updates from GIY and access to lots of growing resources and support for your project. We can connect you to other projects locally and honestly- we might even come and visit ourselves!

Shona is the campaign manager for GROW 2 CEO and is ready to help with any queries or concerns and delighted to hear any news or stories.
Email her: shona@giy.ie
Call her: 051 584411

Grow 2 CEO is open to residents of Ireland  - see the terms & conditions here