College Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 winner

Tippy Talk

TippyTalk is a bespoke robust touch screen communication system that has been designed by the father of a non-verbal child with autism. TippyTalk allows the child to communicate her desires, feelings and needs to her parents through the transfer of pictures to text messages. TippyTalk allows for the child to send messages to her parents no matter where they are in the world. Not just limited to autism, TippyTalk can be adapted to cover other areas of non-verbal disabilities.

Winning Institution


Student

Rob Laffan

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Enterprise Ireland ‘Roots in Research Award’ winners

SecuRetract

SecuRetract answers an important clinical need identified by a number of leading colorectal surgeons. SecuRetract is a minimally invasive, disposable retractor for use in laparoscopic surgery with a number of advantages over competing technologies. This novel, patented retractor has the potential to ease surgical procedures as well as improving patient outcomes by alleviating a number of common complications currently experienced by the gold standard approach in laparoscopic retraction. With a rapidly growing global market, SecuRetract is positioned to bring meaningful employment to Ireland with promising export and business growth potential.

Winning Institution


Student

Conor O’Shea, Jan Kegel, Ruggero Loi & Prasanna Ramaswamy

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Grant Thornton Emerging Business Award winner

The Wee Team

Mr. Wee – a unique product that trains boys to lift the toilet seat. Our idea is a solution to a worldwide domestic problem! It is a device which forces boys to lift the toilet seat in order to urinate and can be used as a training device for younger boys. It is fixed to the toilet seat upper rim creating a barrier across the seat. The product can be bent back onto itself if the user wishes to be seated! It is easy to clean, safe and hygienic. It has 3 fitting sizes and can be customised with any graphics and text to target a broad audience. It’s a simple, affordable, effective product ready to go to market.

Winning Institution


Student

Loraine Sotoparra & Laura Williams

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Intel ICT award winner

BLAZER

The BLAZER team are building a system that will save the honeybees. The problem they are facing is Varroa mite infestations leading to colony collapse disorder. This is truly a global problem. The BLAZER system will be easily installed to existing hives to provide the service of Varroa removal and prevention by using lasers to remove mites from bees as they enter and exit the hive. It will also monitor the number of mites being removed daily and provide the beekeeper with real time data analytics allowing them to better manage their hives. The team consists of two engineering student Francis Yates and John O’Reilly and one business student Joseph Lanzillotta.

Winning Institution


Student

Francis Yates, John O’Reilly & Joseph Lanzillotta

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Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys’ High Achieving Merit Award winner

BLINDSPOT

Driven by young entrepreneurs, BlindSpot is the 21st century resolution to problems faced by learner drivers throughout the world. BlindSpot plans to enhance driving performance on a range of different vehicles through the use of our innovative virtual reality technology, and to enforce positive driving behavior using gamification, whilst still making it fun so it will have replay value.

Winning Institution


Student

Joseph McKinney, Adam Jamison & Thomas McGlaughlin

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