This new product that identifies whether a drink has been spiked was awarded the prestigious ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ and the top prize of €10,000 at the Enterprise Ireland Student Enterprise Awards.
The University of Ulster team included Philip Anderson, Clare McCollum, Gordon Baird, Gareth Shappard & Judith McNally, who are all students in the University’s Ulster Business School.
‘Dipsticks’ is a new innovation for automating and enabling the efficient detection of whether drugs have been added to a drink, known as ‘spiking’ a drink. The new product consists of a strip of paper impregnated with chemical reagents, which give a visual indication of the presence of drugs in the liquid being tested. This provides users with a continual test that is built into the stirrer, convenient and free for consumers.