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Enterprise Awards

Unrivalled prize fund of €50,000 in cash and mentor support for national and category winners
A team of students from NUI Galway have made it to the final of this year’s Enterprise Ireland Student Enterprise Awards with their ‘Smarter Shopper’ project. They are one of 15 teams that have been selected as finalists in the hotly contested competition, from an original application list of 250 students. The winners will be selected at the national final, which takes place in June.
The Enterprise Ireland Student Enterprise Awards, now in their 27th year, are Ireland’s biggest and longest established third-level student enterprise competition. Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and Cruickshank Intellectual property Attorneys, this is an all island competition that gives third level student teams the chance to explore business ideas and their own appetite for going into business for themselves. It offers an unrivalled prize fund totalling €50,000 in cash and mentor support, for the national and category winners. The shortlisted NUI Galway project team members, Stephen Lenihan, Christopher Divilly and Eamonn Connolly, have come up with an exciting project called ‘Smarter Shopper’. This is a smart phone based application that makes shopping both easier and cheaper. Essentially the application takes advantage of inbuilt phone camera and pre-installed barcode scanner applications that come with many smart phones. The Smarter Shopper app thus allows you to generate shopping lists easily by scanning items ; it then automatically queries your local supermarkets/retailers online websites to extract prices and generates a price comparison to let you know where to go to get the best deals! The students mentor is Dr. Hugh Melvin from the Discipline of Information Technology.

Congratulating the team on its success, Seamus Bree, Enterprise Ireland’s West Region Director, said: “These awards are a really important opportunity for third level students to test their flair for business. They get great experience working as a team, and become more confident of their sense of judgement, more adept at decision-making and developing ideas, and more resourceful in making their ideas a reality.

They are a real opportunity for students to experience both the challenge and the excitement of developing a business idea, and seeing that entrepreneurship can be a valuable and rewarding future career option. The Enterprise Ireland Student Enterprise Awards play a very important role in promoting and harnessing the research, innovation and entrepreneurial talent of our third level students, and I wish the NUI Galway team every success in the national final.”

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News last updated : Thursday 10th June 2010