NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards competition is now entering its second stage as six finalists battle it out for a €20,000 investment fund to turn their ideas into reality.Now in its fifth year, the competition seeks to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among the students of NUI Galway in both social and business enterprise.
Each of the six finalists, all NUI Galway students, now receives investment capital of €500 to develop their initial ideas further. A series of workshops hosted by members of the business community in 2015 will let the finalists develop their ideas ahead of the final judging session in March. Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Online Marketing in Galway, Hammond Good Solicitors, Gareth Williams Accountant and Starlight Solutions are just some of the groups providing workshops.
Declan Higgins, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:
“We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards again this year. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. At a time when real innovation and flair is needed, students are leading the way in creating the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted with the support that the Awards have received from the local business community and the university.”
The final six projects are:
1. The Creative Native
“The Creative Native” project is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.
2. The Tidy Shower Co.
Sean Mc Garry is in his 3rd year of Physics with Advanced French for Science. His business, “The Tidy Shower Co.”, designs and manufactures household personal storage units.
“’Ask4It.ie” is an online space for sourcing used car parts. The project team consists of two final year Bachelor of Arts students, Olivia Mc Evoy from Renmore and Roisin Lally from Dangan.
“EduCode” is an innovative business that integrates coding, programming and computer competency into engaging classes for young students. The “EduCode” team members are Joseph Walsh a 3rd year Commerce student from Richardstown, Co.Louth and Daniel O Loughlin a 2nd year Commerce student from Roscommon town, Co.Roscommon.
5. Bike Back
“Bike Back” will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked. There will be an accompanying marketing campaign aimed to deter opportunistic thieves. The three members of the “Bike Back” team are Billy Delaney, from Newbridge Co. Kildare, a 3rd Year Energy Systems Engineering student specialising in Civil Engineering. David Van Story a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering who was born in Washington DC and grew up in rural Wicklow. Niall Rutherford, from Ennis, Co Clare, is a 3rd year Energy Systems Engineering student specializing in electrical energy. The team at Enactus NUI Galway are also involved in this project
6. Safe Farming Solutions
“Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Clutch n Bolt”.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner on Saturday 28th of March 2015 in the College Bar, NUI Galway.
Pictured at the 2014 Enterprise Awards ceremony are left to right: Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President), Brian Slattery (2014 NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Award winner) Gill Carroll (Judging Panel),Joanne Sweeney-Burke (Guest Speaker) and Sean Kearns (2013/14 NUI Galway Students’ Union President)
Photo: Aengus McMahon
Galway Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic on Monday 15th December FREE Bus
Together with City Direct we have organised a FREE bus from NUI Galway this Monday 15th December for any NUI Galway students, staff members or alumni who wish to go to the IBTS Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic at the Racing Lodge, Doughiska Road.
The bus will leave the Quad at 10am sharp and will leave the Racing Lodge at 12pm to return to NUIG. The Clinic runs from 10:30am to 2:30pm.
5 dedicated IBTS staff will take samples for processing to the Global Registry. They will not be taking regular blood donations. Consequently, the process should be fairly efficient and relatively quick.
Please register your intention to attend by sending an e-mail to BoneMarrow@ibts.ie
Even though you will not be donating blood, the IBTS requests that you read the following before you attend to ensure you are eligible.
A former student (Civil Engineering), rower and rowing coach of NUI Galway, Paul Giblin is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the fourth time in a bid to fight off an aggressive form of cancer. He and his friends are urging people to sign up to the bone marrow registry in the rare chance they would be a match. He is a serving army officer at Renmore Barracks here in Galway.
What will you do in 2015?
Learn Sign Language
SU Life Skills 10 Week Course starts 27th January €40. Sign up now in the SU Office. More Info.
Have the Best Summer Ever
SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 28th January Áras na Mac Léinn
Raise money for charity
SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 7th February for Console & BeLonG To
SU Election Nominations open Thursday 19th February
SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 24th February 750m swim/5km run
SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course now enrolling in the SU Office. More info.
Climb a Mountain
SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 28th February
Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair
NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th & 17th February
email@example.com for more information
Christmas Holiday Arrangements
The Library is open Friday 19th December-Tuesday 23rd December 08:30-17:30. Closed Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st. Christmas/ New Year Closing: Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015 (Inclusive)
The Reading Room is closed on the 25th & 26th of December and also on 1st of January. Reduced hours 07:00 to midnight 22nd December to 4th of January. Monday 5th January normal opening hours resume.
The SU Cloakroom and SU Engineering Desk will both close on Friday 19th December and reopen on Monday 12th January.
The SU Office will close at 5pm on Monday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 7th January. The SU Office will be open 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Monday 15th December-Friday 19th December & Monday 22nd December.
The Health Unit will close at 4.30pm on Friday 19th December.
The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen at 8am on Monday 5th January.
Smokey’s will be closed on Saturday 20th & Saturday 21st December and will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December for the Christmas break reopening at 9am on Monday 5th January.
The Hub will be closed from Friday 19th December and will reopen on Monday 12th January.
The Wall Café will be closed on Thursday 25th December, Friday 26th December & Thursday 1st January.
Caifé na Gaeilge will be closed from Monday 15th December until Monday 12th January.
The College Bar will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen on Monday 5th January. Please note that only the Deli in the College Bar will be serving food on 22nd, 23rd December and for the week of the 5th January. College Bar Pizza and Carvery will reopen on the 12th of January.
The Socs Box will reopen on Monday 12th of January.
Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise. We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you all in 2015!