Students with innovative idea invited to take part in entrepreneur awards

By Maurice Garvey

ENTERPRISE Ireland is inviting students from third level institutions with an innovative business idea with real commercial potential to apply to this year’s Student Entrepreneur Awards.

Ten finalists will be selected to compete for several awards with the overall winner sharing in a €35,000 prize fund and receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of their concept.

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Mark O’Sullivan

Award winners will also receive expert advice and mentoring support from Enterprise Ireland and the programme sponsors to help them turn their ideas into a commercial reality.

UCC student Mark O’Sullivan was the 2020 Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year for his medical device Neurobell for the early detection and monitoring of brain injuries in newborn babies.

Richard Murphy, Manager LEO Support, Policy & Co-ordination Unit, Enterprise Ireland said: “On an annual basis, we receive more than 1,000 entries from talented students all over the country. It’s always enormously exciting to see the incredible work that’s been done in our third level institutes to find solutions to challenges across a range of sectors. Combined with entrepreneurial ambition and a focus on achieving success, the awards recognise the potential of turning these great ideas into profitable businesses of the future.”

Mark O’Sullivan, Neurobell, said the awards provided a “national and international platform to help achieve my commercialisation goals and Enterprise Ireland has provided continuous support since the awards.”

Closing date for entries is March 12, 2021. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 11, 2021.

Entries to the Student Entrepreneur Awards 2021 can be made via Student Entrepreneur Awards

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