Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search

Winners of the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year Competition 2016 Announced

8th April 2016

3E4 winners
Winners - Alpaca Lunch

Engineering students in Trinity take a twelve week module on innovation and entrepreneurship 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 teams to develop their own business ideas and produce a business plan.

A group of five students won first prize at the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year competition for their new business Alpaca Lunch. ”Alpaca Lunch - heat it and eat it” is a lunchbox with an inbuilt heater to heat your food quickly and safely saving you both time and money. It is a healthy way of heating food anytime anywhere, suitable for picnics or simply heating up food at home.

The multi-disciplinary Alpaca Lunch team, Laura Byrne, Jennifer Long, Siún McMenamy, Robyn Moran and Rachel Mullane, presented their business plan at the competition held on Tuesday 5th April 2016 in the Printing House Hall.


Judges Kevin Foley, Partner in Grant Thornton, and Simon Keogh, architect and Mentor with Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, selected Alpaca Lunch from five excellent video presentations and Q &A sessions. The other four teams were awarded runner-up prizes. The finalists had previously been shortlisted from a total of thirty four teams.

runners up team runners up team

runners up team runners up team

Runners-Up: MyZeroWaste, HydroVac, ThermoSport and SurfBuoy

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's 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.





Back to the news