Enterprise Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur Awards Winners

By Steven Galvin - Last update

Get Daily news and updates directly to your Email

The winners were announced at Enterprise Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur Awards. Trinity College Dublin students Tim Farrelly and David Deneher along with Omar Salem, a student at Queen’s University Belfast, won Enterprise Ireland’s 2021 Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The third level student team developed a touch-based handheld device that enables people with blindness or visual impairment to feel the speed and energy of sports matches with granularity that audio cannot reach. By using artificial intelligence to analyse live video feeds of games, Field of Vision translates what’s happening on the field to tablet devices through ‘haptic feedback’. This immersive experience allows the user to better visualise the game.

Field of Vision was one of ten finalists at the awards, which took place virtually, and the team received €10,000 as part of the Enterprise Ireland student prize. Field of Vision will also receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of their device.

This is the 40th year of Enterprise Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur Awards, which are co-sponsored by Cruickshank, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Offices. The awards are open to all third level institutions across the country.

The Cruickshank High Achieving Merit Award went to Marion Cantillon of Pit-Seal. Representing University College Cork, she received a prize of €5,000 for her biofilm which eliminates the need for farmers to use plastic or tyres to seal pits and reduces methane emissions.

The Grant Thornton High Achieving Merit Award and €5,000 went to Pure Clothing, the socially responsible clothing brand created by Dublin City University student Peter Timlin and University of Limerick student Richard Grimes.

The Local Enterprise Office ICT Award and €5,000 went to Diglot, a language learning book company founded by Trinity College Dublin students Cian Mcnally and Evan Mcgloughlin. They weave foreign words into English sentences in classic novels, allowing the reader to absorb new vocabulary gradually. To date, Diglot has achieved sales in 19 countries worldwide.

Ivan McPhillips, lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Rural Development at the GMIT School of Business, won the Enterprise Ireland Academic Award.

Along with the prize money, the winners will also share in a €30,000 consultancy fund that will enable them to turn their ideas into a commercial reality. Enterprise Ireland Merit awards were given to the remaining six finalists along with €1,500 per team.

Enterprise Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur Awards

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said:

“Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Student Entrepreneur Awards. I’m really impressed by the calibre and ingenuity of the ideas put forward, especially given the significant challenges that came with this unprecedented year. A particular commendation to the award winners. Every student that participated should be very proud of their accomplishments. I wish them every success as they continue on their entrepreneurial journey.”

Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said:

“Over the past four decades, the Student Entrepreneur Awards have provided an important platform for young people across the country to showcase their innovative business ideas and realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. The competition acts as a springboard for tomorrow’s business leaders, and previous winners and finalists have gone on to achieve success both nationally and internationally. We’ve had over 250 entries for this year’s awards, with applicants demonstrating ingenuity in their approach to solving real-world problems across a range of sectors. I want to congratulate all the students who took part in the competition in what has been a uniquely challenging year.”

More information on the Student Entrepreneur Awards can be found on www.studententrepreneurawards.com

Steven Galvin

Small Business Assistance Scheme
Berkeley Global Marketing Leadership Programme


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We'd love to send you the latest news and articles about evening classes, further learning and adult education by email. We'll always treat your personal details with the utmost care and will never sell them to other companies for marketing purposes.

Comments and Reviews Policy

Featured Articles

Assertiveness and Self-Confidence in the Corporate World

In the fast-paced and competitive landscape of the corporate world, assertiveness and self-confidence are invaluable assets that can propel your career to new heights. These traits not only enhance your ability to communicate effectively and make informed decisions but also contribute to your overall professional presence and credibility. The Assertive Mindset Assertiveness is the ability […]

Starting a Food Business in Ireland

Embarking on the journey of starting a food business in Ireland can be both exciting and challenging. The Irish food industry is a vibrant and competitive landscape, where success hinges on a well-crafted strategy, attention to detail, and a passion for delivering quality products. Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast looking to turn your passion into […]

Time Management Essentials for Organizational Success

In the fast-moving knowledge economy, effective time stewardship confers outsized competitive benefits to companies large and small. With a finite amount of hours available, how businesses systemize activities for productivity over busyness makes all the difference for success. Leaders especially, but entire workforces need tools to prioritize appropriately, enhance team-wide clarity, and speed informed decision […]

Customer Value Proposition

A Customer Value Proposition (CVP) is a crucial component of your business strategy. It articulates the unique value your product or service brings to your target customers, setting you apart from competitors. Below we explore some tips on creating an effective Customer Value Proposition: **1. Understand Your Target Customers: Identify and understand your target audience. […]

The Importance of Communication Skills in Business

Effective communication is vital for any organization, yet is often overlooked as a key business skill. However clear, consistent and open communication at all levels and across teams impacts effectiveness, productivity, and in the end, an organization’s bottom line. Investing time to build strong communication skills and channels provides immense business value. The Importance of […]

Posted in: Technical Skills

What is SQL?

SQL (Structured Query Language) is a standard programming language used to manage and manipulate databases. What is SQL? SQL is a domain-specific language used for retrieving and manipulating data in relational database management systems (RDBMS) like Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and others. It is the mainstream language for database access used in most applications […]

Staying Relevant Through Continuous Learning

In modern working times marked by rapid technological advancements and evolving industries, the imperative for every professional is to stay relevant through continuous learning – an essential pathway to sustained success and adaptability. With AI, intelligent automation and rapidly evolving technologies transforming job profiles, the shelf-life of static skill sets has drastically shortened. What made […]

10 Tips When Asking for a Pay Rise

Landing a well-deserved pay rise takes more than just hoping your boss rewards your hard work. During times of budget cuts or leadership changes, the onus falls on employees to convince management they merit higher compensation. Approach the negotiations strategically and back your case with evidence demonstrating the immense value you contribute. Rather than making […]

Posted in: Environment

What is the Circular Economy?

What is the Circular Economy? The circular economy is an economic model that aims to eliminate waste by circulating materials and products at their highest value for as long as possible. Here we take a look at some  of its key principles. What is the Circular Economy? Design out Waste – Circular systems are regenerative […]

Future-Proof Your Team: Why Staff Upskilling Is Vital for Irish Businesses

With technological transformations changing job requirements across industries, Irish companies that want to remain competitive and resilient must invest in continuously upskilling their workforces. Future-Proof Your Team: Why Staff Upskilling Is Vital for Irish Businesses Stay Industry Relevant Regular upskilling helps ensure your teams are always fully aligned to the latest procedures, frameworks, regulations and […]