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Winners of the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year Competition 2015 Announced

24 April 2015

Winners - Magpie

Engineering students in Trinity take a twelve week module on entrepreneurship and innovation in their third year. As well as learning about the basics of business, they get to put their own business ideas into practice. During the semester, they work in groups to develop their own business ideas and produce a business plan.
A group of four students won first prize at the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year competition for their new business Magpie.  Magpie is a company which has innovative ideas for landmine detection and aerial ordinance surveying. It works in partnership with MAG (Mine Action Group) to deliver landmine detection methods to areas of violent conflict. The multi-disciplinary Magpie team, Simon Fitzgerald, Ronan MacNamara, Gavin Nevin and Jack O’Shea, presented their business plan at the competition held on Tuesday 31st March 2015 in the Printing House Hall.

Second place - BaoBand

Second prize winners were the BaoBand team of Thilo Becker, James Glenn-Craigie, Oisin Tiernan and Jack Tinsley. Their BaoBand will make it simpler for people on the go to access transport and cash.


Judges Patrick Lynch of Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, Kevin Foley of Grant Thornton and Grainne Moynihan of Trinity Business Alumni and Coca Cola, selected Magpie from six excellent video presentations and Q&A sessions. The finalists had previously been shortlisted from a total of thirty one teams.

Professional Expertise

Joanna Gardiner lectures on the importance of branding and brand equity. She is Managing Director of Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, and was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Elave Skincare, Joanna'a advanced sensitive skincare brand, was awarded best innovative Irish brand at the Image Business of Beauty Awards 2015.

Frank Ward is a former president of Trinity Business Alumni, and was a judge in the early days of this competition. He is an accountant and shares his expertise on the importance of sound financial models and plans He also emphasises the importance of protecting clever and innovative ideas.

Dr Niamh Harty is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and she coordinates this module on entrepreneurship and innovation.


The competition was sponsored by, Grant Thornton, Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, Trinity Business Alumni, Trinity Engineering Alumni, as well as the Schools of Engineering and Computer Science and Statistics here in Trinity. We would like to congratulate our winners, and to thank all who participated. We are very grateful to all our sponsors for their generous support.





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