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Winners of the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year competition 2017 announced

12 April 2017

winners of the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year competition 2017
Winners - DiaCare. Pictured: David Smith, Sean McGrath and David McCurtin

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 team of three students won first prize at the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year competition for their new business DiaCare. “DiaCare - the diabetes medical devices company” provides revolutionary technology and software to continuously monitor blood glucose levels throughout the day.

The multi-disciplinary DiaCare team, David McCurtin, Seán McGrath and David Smith, presented their business plan at the competition held on Tuesday 4th April 2017 in the Museum Building.

picture of the runners-up of the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year competition 2017
Runners-up - Modual. Pictured: Robbie Dolan, Ion Spiridon and John O'Reilly

In second place was the Modual team of Simon Bluett, Robbie Dolan, Oisin Duggan, John O'Reilly and Ion Spiridon. Their unique, completely modular, drinks container provides convenience and adaptability like nothing else on the market.


Judges Kevin Foley, Partner in Grant Thornton, Tom Kilraine, Country Head of Business Management at HSBC and Trinity Business Alumni member, and Peter Sheridan, Mentor with Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, awarded the prizes based on six excellent video presentations and Q&A sessions.

The other four teams received runners-up prizes. They were TagIt, UrbanCanvas, LocStrong, and Cuppa. The finalists had previously been shortlisted from a total of thirty one teams.

Finalists of the Trinity Engineering Entrepreneurs of the Year competition 2017 pictured in the Museum Building
All finalists of the Trinity Engineering Student Entrepreneurs of the Year Competition 2017

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 WardFrank 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, Enterprise Ireland, 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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