First Prize – Dipsticks

IDEA

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.

Winning Institution

UU PP3

Students

Philip Anderson
Clare McCollum
Gordon Baird
Gareth Shappard
Judith McNally

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Second Prize – Mobilis

IDEA

Developed by Myles Murray, Gavin O’ Sullivan & Mark Keane from Cork Institute of Technology ‘MobilisTM’ was awarded second prize.

It’s a device for improving the mobility of patients on IV treatment which can give a better patient centric standard of medical care and improve patient recovery time.

Winning Institution

cit-logo

Students

Gavin O’ Sullivan
Mark Keane

Most technologically innovative – Ecotent

IDEA

University of Ulster students Houston Reid, Stephen Cladwell, Terri O’Kane & Jonathan Garland beat off competition from over 250 entries to win the ‘Most Technologically Innovative Idea Award’, sponsored by Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, of €7,500 plus €20,000 worth of consultancy went to ‘Ecotent’- also from the University of Ulster. EcoTent – is a two man tent constructed completely of 100% biodegradable materials which will solve the problem of clean up operations after music festivals.

The main covering is made from jute tarpaulin, a canvas made from jute. Research confirms major ecological benefits – it is 100% biodegradable, it is the fastest growing crop, with a much higher CO2 assimilation rate than trees. And when discarded, jute totally decomposes, putting valuable nutrients back into the soil.

Winning Institution

UU PP3

Students

Houston Reid
Stephen Cladwell
Terri O’Kane
Jonathan Garland

Sponsored by
Cruickshank

Merit Award – Root Zone Nutrients

IDEA

Root Zone Nutrients is a project to develop and manufacture an environmentally friendly organic disease suppressant fertiliser which can help plants develop healthy immune responses and have a much better yield and life expectancy.

Donnchadh Walsh from the Institute of Technology Tralee received an Award of Merit for this innovative product which he is now actively marketing.

Winning Institution

ittralee

Student

Donnchadh Walsh

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