i-Path Diagnostics was recently crowned the winner of The Prince’s Trust ‘Million Makers’ challenge – the competition which tasks participating companies with raising as much money as possible for the charity over a period of six months.
The teams were each provided with a seed-funding of £1,500 and encouraged to invest this in a fund-raising project that would pull in the pounds for The Trust, meanwhile benefiting from free employee development training throughout the course of the challenge.
i-Path used their seed-funding to roll-out the ‘Schools Pathology Challenge’, which was targeted at AS and A-level biology students to raise awareness of pathology and the role it can play in diagnosing diseases and keeping people alive.
More than 75 secondary and grammar school teams signed up from across the province and used i-Path’s innovative pathology software to compete against each other interactively, before taking part in a final at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Commenting on their Million Makers success, i-Path CEO Stuart Harvey said: “We are thrilled to have won the Million Makers challenge – the award is an excellent tribute to the hard work of all the staff at i-Path.
“Taking part in the challenge not only helped us to reach out to young people and get them enthusiastic about life sciences and technology, but enabled the staff here to develop their team work, communication and presentation skills.
“We hope to make the Schools Pathology Challenge an annual event and there is already a healthy interest in next year’s competition from a large number of schools in Northern Ireland, Dublin and London.”
Ian Jeffers, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland, said: “I would like to congratulate i-Path Diagnostics for their innovation, enthusiasm and hard work that led them to win the competition.
“Million Makers is an excellent example of how companies can access free employee development and training while fulfilling their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) requirements in a mutually beneficial way.
“The money raised collectively by the teams in this year’s challenge will be channelled into helping around 3000 young people aged 14-30 here in Northern Ireland to develop the key skills which will enable them to move into employment, education or training.”
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