Winners of 2017 Bolton Trust/DIT Student Enterprise Competition announced

29 March 2017

A big congratulations to team Ripple Sense, winners of the Bolton Trust/DIT Student Enterprise Competition 2017.

 The final of this year’s competition, which attracted entries from 44 teams, took place in the FOCAS Institute, DIT Kevin Street on Wednesday 22 March.

On the night, team member Ciaran Sullivan accepted the top prize of €2000 on behalf of Ripple Sense, as the other three team members were away on placement (Evan Stuart, Olivia Holbrook, Rachael Ryan). Ciaran delivered an excellent presentation and the judging panel were very impressed by their business plan and business idea- an IOT based, wireless, water level and consumption monitor that allows farmers to monitor the water levels and consumption in livestock feeding tanks removing the need for frequent manual checks. The students are in Year 3 of Product Design in the College of Engineering & Built Environment at DIT.

Bolton Trust/DIT Student Enterprise Competition 2017

In second place, team EKKO were represented by their team captain, Ciara McDonald. The other three team members - Saoirse McLoughlin, Donnachadh Mullen, Karen Tracey - were also on placement. Ekko is an environmentally conscious company that takes waste scallop shells produced by seafood manufacturing companies, and processes them to create useful and eco-friendly products. The students are in Year 3 of Product Design in the College of Engineering & Built Environment. The third prize was won jointly by two teams: Charge Up Ltd and Waffle Ltd – Podi.

Charge Up Ltd developed a business plan for Wireless QI charging enabled docking stations which will be installed in local businesses (cafes, bars and restaurants) and social gathering areas. Team members Cillian Tyrrell (team captain), Kevin Chase, Mark Ennis, Gary Harper are in Year 4 of Retail & Services Management in the College of Business.

Student Enterprise Competition - Charge Up

Waffle Ltd developed a business plan for Podi, a programmable foot pedal that aims to relieve computer related overuse injuries, aiming to reduce stress on the upper limbs by sharing the workload with the lower limbs. Team members Cormac Altman (team captain), Eoin Cullen, Ronan Costelloe, Jamie Ryan are in Year 3 of Product Design in the College of Engineering & Built Environment.

Student Enterprise Competition - PODI

A number of other prizes were awarded on the night, as detailed in the full list of prize winners below.

The competition was judged by Pat McCormack, Chair (representing Bolton Trust), Gavin Davidson (DIT Hothouse), Sarah Ward (AIB), Jacob Claflin (Cambrist), Peter Sheridan (formerly of Enterprise Ireland).

The main objective of the Student Enterprise Competition is to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship among DIT students and to encourage and support a rigorous business planning approach to entrepreneurial activities. The competition is open to teams of registered DIT students.

A big thanks to the sponsors of this year’s competition: AIB, Bolton Trust, DIT Hothouse and Enterprise Ireland. The competition is also supported through the invaluable contributions of local organisers, lecturers, and the members of the judging panels for the semi-finals and final.

Full List of Prize Winners

1st Prize Winners – Ripple Sense

2nd Prize Winners - EKKO

3rd Prize Winners – Charge Up Ltd, Waffle Ltd - Podi

5th Prize Winners - Cuppi-Dawn Design, Shield, €app (EuroApp), Amphora Design-Allergicard

Most Innovation Design – Cuppi-Dawn Design

Best Financials – Uomini Spa

Best Market Research – Jobs on the Go

Poster Competition – Amphora Design-Allergicard


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