GMIT students scoop awards at SCCUL Enterprise Competition 2016

Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Press Office
Press Release

GMIT students were among the winners announced at the annual SCCUL Enterprise Awards prize giving ceremony and business expo hosted by NUI Galway in the Bailey Allen Hall recently.

Third year Busines student Jack Hahessy Madigan won €1,250 in the Student Enterprise Award category for his Irish farmed rose veal business which he supplies to top restaurants in Dublin; Jack is in his third and final year of a Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri Business at the Galway campus.

Business students Karl McDonnell, Eleanor O’Sullivan and PJ Kenny won €500 cash prize for their start up iBrutes Media which provides multimedia design, production and online management services to start ups and small businesses. They are all final year students on the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology for Business at the Galway campus   

Galway company PolyPico won the €10,000 top cash prize for their innovative fluid dispensing technology while 17 year old teenage entrepreneur Conor O’Flaherty scooped the new €5,000 Bursary with his online talent management agency which makes lucrative advertising commissions for rising YouTube video stars worldwide.

The winners in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards were selected by a judging panel which included Gavin Duffy, RTE Dragon & serial entrepreneur; Barry Egan Director, West Region Enterprise Ireland; Hannah Kiely CEO, HC Financial Advisors Ltd; James Murphy CEO, Life’s 2 Good, Sean Kinsella former President, Thermo King and Dr Emer Mulligan, School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway. The judging panel was chaired by Declan Dooley, Managing Director Galway Independent.

Other prize winners included Beechlawn Organic Farm who were the winners of the SCCUL Enterprise Agriculture & Food Award, and Platinum and Diamond Nutrition who was the recipient of the SCCUL Enterprise Consumer Goods & Services Award. The SCCUL Enterprise Social Enterprises Award was won by Sugru while eMedia Interactive was the recipient of the SCCUL Enterprise ICT Award. The SCCUL Enterprise Arts, Tourism & Sport Award was won by Beechmount Art Studio.

All category winners received a €1,000 cash prize, a promotional package worth €1,250 from media sponsor Galway Independent and a specially commissioned sculpture by Galway based sculptor Liam Butler.