Young Social Innovators finalists set to battle it out!

Members News - Jun 06, 2017

10/05/2017 – Customer Experience and Products

The culmination of this year’s Young Social Innovators programme, supported by Ulster Bank, happens tomorrow as the 11 finalists present their ideas to the judges to determine the ultimate winner.

With teams from around the country competing, it’s an action packed day, focused on finding the Gold Award winning team who will be crowned Young Social Innovators of the Year 2017.

Our very own David Erixon, Head of Digital & Customer Innovation, will play an important role as a member of the judging panel and will help determine that winner.

Speaking about upcoming Awards, David said; ‘Our partnership with YSI reflects this approach of looking at things differently to drive meaningful, creative solutions. It’s clear from their passion and forward thinking that these students care deeply about the world around us and we’re proud to be associated with these inspirational problem solvers.

It’s a true demonstration of how inventive thinking and genuine enthusiasm is contagious and can deliver real help for what matters. I wish them the best of luck in the next stages of the competition.’

YSI 2017 Award goes to Largy


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12/05/2017 – Customer Experience and Products

Students from Largy College, Clones, Co. Monaghan were presented with the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2017 at the annual award by Chris Wilson, Managing Director of Retail, at a ceremony yesterday in Dublin.

Largy College’s project, Mend a Mind – It’s a Disorder Not a Decision, focuses on raising mental health awareness, with the aim of educating their school and community about mental health issues impacting young people. Business in the Community Ireland

Chris Wilson celebrates with the Largy college team

The Awards, attended by Gerry Mallon and officially opened by Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, saw 800 young people gather to celebrate and be awarded for their achievements in tackling social issues within their communities.

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Sr Stan (YSI), Minister Coveney and Gerry Mallon at the YSI Awards 2017


Through out the 2017 YSI season Ulster Bank volunteers have generously given their time across the country in support of the YSI programme and to provide participating young people and their schools with the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas.

That concludes the YSI programme for 2017. With Ulster Bank’s sponsorship continuing into 2018 we look forward to seeing what the next generation of Social Innovators can develop.