Students from NUIG scoop top prize at Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2017

8th June 2017

Student Awards 2017
Pictured are Paddy MacDonagh and Chris Bogues, students from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

“Coachbook” wins €10,000 prize and title ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year 2017’

Paddy MacDonagh and Chris Bogues, students from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), have today won the overall Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award and have been named ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year 2017’. The winning entrants beat off stiff competition with their project ‘Coachbook’, an online platform for riding coaches to train horse riders remotely through live video streaming.

This year celebrates the 36th year of the prestigious awards which are co-sponsored by Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, Intel and Grant Thornton and are open to all third level colleges across Ireland. 

The Student Entrepreneur Awards are part of a major drive aimed at encouraging students to start their own business as a career option. The substantial prize fund includes €35,000 in cash prizes and €30,000 in consultancy fees which are available for winners to help them turn their idea into a commercial reality. In addition to winning the top prize, the winning team will also receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of their overall concept.

Brendan Flood, Head of Micro Enterprises and Small Business at Enterprise Ireland said: “Now in its 36th year, the Student Entrepreneur Awards attracted submissions from over 560 third level students from colleges across Ireland. This competition gives students valuable hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and establishing a business. The calibre of applications clearly demonstrates that the entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive across Ireland’s universities and colleges. Congratulations to all involved.”

Information about the winning projects: 

College Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 winner:

Coachbook, NUIG – Paddy MacDonagh and Chris Bogues

Coachbook is “an online platform for riding coaches to train horse riders remotely through live video streaming, eliminating the geographical limitations faced by athletes wishing to excel in their sport while also providing a marketplace for coaches to showcase their talents".

 

Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys’ High Achieving Merit Award winner: 

StrydeTech, CIT - Muireann Hickey, Cian O’Leary, Kevin Hayes, Jonathan Mullane & Alexander Sologub

The Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys’ High Achieving Merit Award of €5,000 went to StrydeTech from Cork Institute of Technology.

 “Our company StrydeTechTM, is a mobility aid company, currently specialising in walking frames. Our aim is to assist those who struggle with mobility, balance and those who cannot get from the sit-down to stand-up position independently without the assistance from others. StrydeTechTM is a modern, innovative and life changing mobility aid which creates independence and freedom for all of its users”.

Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys are also providing intellectual property consultancy and protection for all the finalists.

 

Grant Thornton Emerging Business Award winner:

BellaMoon, QUB – Irene Breen

The Grant Thornton Emerging Business Award of €5,000 went to “BellaMoon” from Queen’s University Belfast.

“BellaMoon® is a unique multi-functional breast-feeding bed, co-sleeping bed, pregnancy pillow and baby dock. It helps mothers comfortably adopt the universal lateral co-sleeping and breastfeeding position with their babies which, in turn, creates a wonderful loving bonding experience, greatly enriches the mothers sleep and significantly prolongs breastfeeding duration. It provides mothers and fathers with greater comfort and peace of mind whilst co-sleeping, and provides baby with the ease, closeness and loving connection associated with breast-feeding. BellaMoon® allows you to ‘sleep with love’.”

Grant Thornton will also provide business plan development advice to the finalists.

 

Intel ICT award winner:

StrokeSense, CIT - Ciara Cronin, Kevin O’Regan, Emmet Cadogan, Conor McCarthy, Cathal Merz, Jamie Coleman & Thom Ver Kley.

Intel awarded their ICT award of €5,000 to StrokeSense from CIT.

“StrokeSense is a medical application device design. StrokeSense will be designed for people at risk of suffering a stroke and will incorporate a brand new innovation in this field. Built by a multi-disciplinary team with backgrounds in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Business, StrokeSense may one day save a life”.

 

Merit Awards were given to the remaining six finalists with a cash prize of €1,500 per team:

  • Pendulife – CIT
  • Vital Rug – AIT
  • Lock Alert – GMIT
  • GlassByte – TCD
  • LockOn Ltd – Sligo IT
  • StringSense – QUB

An Enterprise Ireland Academic Award was presented to Professor Roger Woods from Queen’s University, Belfast in recognition of his involvement with the Student Entrepreneur Awards.

For more information on the Student Entrepreneur Awards visit:

http://studententrepreneurawards.com/

 

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Summary of Student Entrepreneur Awards Finalists 2017 

 

  1. Pendulife – CIT – Ciara Doherty, Keith Lawlor, Patrick Collins, Richard Moynahan, Padraig O’Callaghan, Yola Versteegh 

“Pendulife is a completely new and innovative type of ambulance stretcher. Our primary aim is to reduce the amount of pain a patient may experience and reduce the risk of further injury and complications, at an extremely stressful time when they are at their most vulnerable, being transported in an ambulance”.

 

  1. StrokeSense – CIT - Ciara Cronin, Kevin O’Regan, Emmet Cadogan, Conor McCarthy, Cathal Merz, Jamie Coleman & Thom Ver Kley 

“StrokeSense is a medical application device design. StrokeSense will be designed for people at risk of suffering a stroke and will incorporate a brand new innovation in this field. Built by a multi-disciplinary team with backgrounds in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Business, StrokeSense may one day save a life”.

 

  1. StrydeTech – CIT – Muireann Hickey, Cian O’Leary, Kevin Hayes, Jonathan Mullane & Alexander Sologub

“Our company StrydeTechTM, is a mobility aid company, currently specialising in walking frames. Our aim is to assist those who struggle with mobility, balance and those who cannot get from the sit-down to stand-up position independently without the assistance from others. StrydeTechTM is a modern, innovative and life changing mobility aid which creates independence and freedom for all of its users”. 

 

  1.  Vital Rug – AIT – Grainne Hodnett 

“Vital Rug is a lightweight durable rug that can be used on the horse when traveling and it measures the horse’s vital signs hence the name the ‘Vital Rug’. The rug will measure and monitor the horses 3 main vital signs, heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature through sensors. The sensors will be placed in zipped pockets within the rug in suitable places so that the sensors can get the best and most accurate reading. This rug will aid in making travelling more comfortable for the horse”.

 

  1. Lock Alert – GMIT – Ryan Clay & Kieran McDonagh

“The ‘Lock Alert’ is a bright new way in helping to put a stop to the theft of property and livestock, mainly of that in rural areas. It is a completely wireless and transportable lock that requires no mains power and, if cut or tampered with, will contact your mobile phone instantly. This allows the user to put the lock onto any gate wherever it may be, from anywhere on the farm to a building site and protect the valuable property of the user. The lock was created by Ryan Clay (Gort, Co. Galway) and Kieran McDonagh (Barefield, Co. Clare), both Agri-business students in GMIT”.

 

  1.  Coachbook – NUIG - Paddy MacDonagh & Chris Bogues

“An online platform for riding coaches to train horse riders remotely through live video streaming, eliminating the geographical limitations faced by athletes wishing to excel in their sport while also providing a marketplace for coaches to showcase their talents".

 

  1. GlassByte – TCD – Alexandru Sulea & Edmond O’Flynn 

“GlassByte is a biomedical software development company working closely with Tallagh Hospital AMNCH to develop innovation, next-generation diabetes treatments through technology platforms. We are working to merge real-life patient date with cognitive AI to improve patients’ lives giving them a more fulfilling day-to-day experience”. 

 

  1.  LockOn Ltd – Sligo IT – Paul Roper 

“LockOn is developing a remote controlled trailer hitch, which will fully automate the attachment and detachment of trailers (or other towed vehicles) to the towing vehicle thus eliminating physical effort, and adding greatly to operational safety & security. For the first time ever, this new product enables a person with a physical impairment or a wheelchair user to safely attach, or detach, a trailer. This innovative new product enables the hitching of trailers stationed in difficult terrain (e.g. Algae covered slipways, soft terrain and awkward angles) to be hitched to a towing vehicle stationed on safe terrain”. 

 

  1.  BallaMoon – QUB – Irene Breen

“BellaMoon® is a unique multi-functional breast-feeding bed, co-sleeping bed, pregnancy pillow and baby dock. It helps mothers comfortably adopt the universal lateral co-sleeping and breastfeeding position with their babies which, in turn, creates a wonderful loving bonding experience, greatly enriches the mothers sleep and significantly prolongs breastfeeding duration. It provides mothers and fathers with greater comfort and peace of mind whilst co-sleeping, and provides baby with the ease, closeness and loving connection associated with breast-feeding. BellaMoon® allows you to ‘sleep with love’.” 

10. StringSense – QUB – Niamh McGuigan, Ciara Cullinan, Cormac Bradley, Conor McElvogue & Conor McAteer 

“StringSense is a fast track guitar learning platform consisting of an extra-thin pressure/sensor pad positioned between the strings and the first four frets of a user’s guitar. The technology is used uniquely to detect the user’s finger pattern, position and pressure exerted on the strings when attempting to learn new chords or play songs, providing the user with real-time feedback to their smart phone/laptop via a wireless communication link and displayed using an app”. 

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