DIT Students successfully complete I-Cubed Startup Incubator Programme, 2016.

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‌DIT’s new purpose built incubation centre and research facility, the Greenway Hub, located in Grangegorman was host to the inaugural student incubator programme, I-Cubed.

‌Four participants celebrated graduation on Wednesday 24 August 2016: Sophie Dalton, Brian David Henderson, Gunmoo Kim, and Sean-Paul White.

Throughout a three-month long pilot programme, the I-Cubed participants had the opportunity to nurture their startup ideas. From early-stage concepts to full fledge final pitch presentations in front of an audience of distinguished guests. The programme provided guidance, funding and support from industry professionals while encouraging creativity to create real and innovative impact for Ireland.

Guests of the event were impressed with the quality of participants and praise followed. Adrien Walsh, Founder & CEO of CheckVentory, said “I was amazed by the quality of the people and projects presented at the end of the I-Cubed programme. Each of the ideas was very well researched and the value propositions were compelling. I have no doubt that all of these founders will build upon their experiences from the programme and evolve their projects into very successful businesses”

This year’s inaugural programme highlighted that quality rather than quantity can work best since just four participants were supported. Raomal Perera, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD, said "I have seen many college incubator presentations. This first set of I-Cubed presentations ranks right at the top for content. The quality of the projects far exceeded my expectations. The I-Cubed team has gone for quality and not quantity in selecting the projects."


Further details of the 2016 graduates follow:

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Sophie Dalton, The Go Wild Seaweed Company, has developed an innovative and exciting new food product that will surely grab the attention of foodies and vegetarians alike. The delicious seaweed “bacon” is made from locally sourced Dillisk Seaweed.

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Gunmoo Kim, Jaru Food Ltd, specialises in producing fermented, healthy and delicious Korean/Asian food products made with quality Irish ingredients. You can taste some of Kim’s delicious treats at the Irish Village Markets, Fitzwilliam Square and Grand Canal (Percy Place).

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Brian David Henderson, Baon Diagnostics, has developed a medical device that allows for an efficient diagnosis of antibiotic resistant bacteria in a cost effective and portable version. This can aid in distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections and decipher which antibiotics will be effective in the treatment of infections.

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Sean-Paul White, IV Regulation, has developed a portable IV fluid thermal regulator device, which can instantly regulate IV fluids to temperatures of 4°C and 40°C. This innovative device can be used to treat a range of symptoms from Hypothermia to brain trauma.

 

L-R: Tom Flanagan, DIT Hothouse Centre Director; Gavin Davidson, New Frontiers Programme Manager, DIT Hothouse; Sean-Paul White, IV Regulator; Gunmoo Kim, Jaru Ltd; Sophie Dalton, Go Wild Seaweed Co.; Brian Henderson, Baon Diagnostics; David Gardiner, I-Cubed Co-Ordinator, DIT Hothouse; Bernadette O’Reilly, DIT Hothouse Incubation Centre Manager.

Further Information

To learn more about DIT’s I-Cubed student Incubator, please contact David Gardiner on +353 1 4025329 or email icubed@dit.ie