The 2022 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp Underway at University College Dublin

Pictured at the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science are participants in the 2022 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.

The 2022 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp Underway at University College Dublin

The 2022 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp commenced today at University College Dublin. The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, now in its 13th year, was established by BT in 2010 and is delivered in partnership with NovaUCD to give students the commercialisation skills they need to develop their BT Young Scientist & Technology project ideas into viable business ventures.

A total of 30 students from eight counties, including winners of the 58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022, Aditya Joshi and Aditya Kumar, will take part in the four-day Bootcamp in the hopes of claiming the highly coveted titles of “Best Group” and “Best Individual”.

All those taking part in this year’s Bootcamp were participants in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, held virtually last January, and have been selected from the pool of prize winners shortlisted from special awards, category winners and top four award recipients. 

The students will be working throughout the week on six projects, selected by the judges from the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022. A member of the original project team will work with four other Bootcamp students on their project, and they will develop the idea further based on the workshops they take part in throughout the week. 

Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland and one of this year’s judges said, “The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp has been a core part of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition since it was first established in 2010. Through the programme we aim to create a positive environment to encourage Ireland’s young entrepreneurs to develop their skills and hone their talents into developing successful enterprises.” 

He added, “The Bootcamp is one of the many ways that everyone at BT are supporting the development of digital and professional skills in young people – skills that are critical to our growing digital society and the future global workplace. I’m looking forward to meeting all our young entrepreneurs this week and learning more about the exciting projects they are working on.”

During the Bootcamp the participating students will experience first-hand the world of technology, commercialisation, business propositions and entrepreneurship, with the culmination of the four-day programme seeing the students pitching their ideas to an expert panel of judges. 

As well as the key business and commercialisation skills taught to students, there will be a number of fascinating guest speakers at Bootcamp, including:

  • Shane Curran – Winner of the BTYSTE 2016 and founder of Evervault
  • Kate & Annie Madden – Fenuhealth and former BTYSTE award winners
  • Danny Hobbs – & Protex AI and former BTYSTE award winner
  • Rhona Togher – Restored Hearing (now known as Lios) and former BTYSTE award winner.


7 March 2022

For more information contact Micéal Whelan, Communications and Media Relations Manager, UCD Research and Innovation, e: or Hanover Communications for BTYSTE e:

Editors Notes

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition – it is the experience of a lifetime for the students and teachers who take part. Designed to raise schools’ engagement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), the Exhibition calls upon students aged 12-19 years from all over the island of Ireland to showcase innovative science and technology project. In 2022, the Exhibition reached almost 8million visitors around the world through its virtual portal. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is supported by several valued partners including the Department of Education, Analog Devices, Stripe, Perrigo, and RTE.