Mayo campus students win Innovation award for baking product
Date Article Written:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Fionnuala Comer and Anthony Voisine, two final year Business students in GMIT Castlebar, have won first prize in the annual GMIT Student Innovation Awards 2013 for their start-up business concept ‘Lollicakes’, an innovative healthy confectionary for all types of occasions.
Fionnuala from Swinford, Co Mayo and Anthony from Castlebar, Co Mayo were among six finalists to compete in the ‘Dragon’s Den’ style finals in the GMIT Castlebar Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC). The judges included John Magee (Mayo County Enterprise Board), Gillian Slattery (Enterprise Ireland), Peter Glynn (AIB) and Alan Mee (Shell Ireland).
The second prize was awarded to Tojo Lazzari, a fourth year student on the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Outdoor Education, for his business start-up concept, a sports rehabilitation and performance coaching centre for people with physical disabilities. Tojo, from Castlebar, Co Mayo won €300 sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and business mentoring support from the Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC).
Third prize was awarded to Ronan Kenny from Castlebar, Seamus Higgins from Westport, Daniel Burke from Balla and Kevin Burke from Castlebar, all final year students on the Bachelor of Business degree, for their app that provides up-to-date local GAA scores. They won €200 sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and business mentoring support from the Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC).
The other finalists were Leona Heneghan, Teresa Gilroy, Martina Ruane, Marion Staunton for ‘My Wee Wee Friend’, a product to toilet train boys which also acts as a sanitiser; Maureen Hopkins for ‘First Wives Club’, a website to assist and advise women experiencing abusive relationships with a social element & Vaida Jukneviciute for ‘Saffix Tape’, a clear reflective tape for cars to make them more visible at night time or bad weather.
Helena Deane, Manager of the Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC) at GMIT Castlebar, is delighted with the interest in this year’s awards. “Over thirty students entered the awards with six going through to compete in the final. The awards give students the chance to explore ideas they have and see if they are commercially viable”.
One of the judges, Alan Mee, Manager from Shell Ireland and sponsor for the event, said “I was very impressed with the quality of concepts put in front of the judges. They were not just rough ideas, but detailed business models capable of commercial implementation”.
For more information on GMIT’s Innovation in Business Centres, see: http://www.gmit.ie/iibc/index.html
Final year GMIT Castlebar business students Anthony Voisine from Castlebar and Fionnuala Comer from Swinford who won first prize in the GMIT Student Innovation Awards for their business concept Lollicakes – an innovative healthy confectionary for all types of occasions. Anthony (centre) and Fionnuala are pictured with competition sponsor Alan Mee of Shell Ireland.