Winners of the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year Competition 2014 Announced
13 May 2014
The multi-disciplinary “Leading Edge” team, Stephen Brennan, Stephen Ennis, Carl Fox, Daire Ó’Catháin, and Richard Reid, presented their business plan at the competition held on Tuesday 1st April 2014 in the Printing House Hall. Judges Gillian Slattery of Enterprise Ireland, Patrick Lynch of Dublin City Enterprise Board, Mark Dineen of Accenture, and Simon Phelan of Better Capital, selected “Leading Edge” from six excellent video presentations and Q&A sessions. The finalists had previously been shortlisted from a total of twenty one teams.
The competition was sponsored by daft.ie, Dublin City Enterprise Board, Trinity Engineering Alumni, Accenture, Trinity Business Alumni, the School of Engineering, and the School of Computer Science and Statistics.
Second prize winners were the “UVLife” team, Conor Broderick, Brian du Toit, Harold Foot, Finn Murphy, Jasper Pickersgill, and Alistair Shannon, whose product will bring purified water to distressed parts of the world.
A special prize for the best video was awarded to the “Lampyrid” team, Anne Gallagher, Giacinto Rittgers, Aisling Smith, and Eduardo Vasconcelos. Their Lego-based animation showed the potential of their idea for an innovative, eco-friendly and cost-effective traffic light system.
This year’s competition displayed some of the achievements produced by third year Engineering students during a twelve week module in which they learnt about entrepreneurship and got to put business ideas into practice. Throughout the twelve weeks, they worked in groups to develop their own business ideas. They were guided by experienced professionals.
From Joanna Gardiner, managing director of Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, and finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, the students learnt about the importance of branding and brand equity. From Frank Ward, former president of Trinity Business Alumni, and a judge in the early days of this competition, the students came to appreciate the importance of sound financial models and plans, and also the importance of protecting their clever and innovative ideas.
The course was coordinated by Dr Niamh Harty of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Several guest speakers shared their entrepreneurial experiences with the class during the semester.
We would like to congratulate our winners, and to thank all who participated. The standard of all entries was very high and all of the finalists were very impressive. We are very grateful to our sponsors for their generous support.