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Innovation Week

CIT’s Innovation Week 2017

CIT has had yet another successful innovation week, the week was jam-packed full of activities, competitions and seminars. The main competition (CIT prize for innovation) saw a wide range of academic disciplines enter. There were over 100 submissions into the competition with 48 eligible applications. These 48 applications were then shortlisted to a final group of 15 who had to pitch to a panel of judges as seen in this video:



The prize winners can be seen below:

Prize Winners


Dialast swooped up first place achieving a whopping €4,000. This group consisted of a group of Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering students.

“Glucadose, our product, is an implantable, emergency device for people with Hypoglycaemia. It is an innovative, first of its kind device providing the user and their loved ones peace of mind and security”. (Dialast). 

Stroke Sense

Stroke Sense followed closely with best business opportunity and secured an investment of €1,500. Stroke sense was a multi-disciplinary group that consisted of students from Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Business Studies.

“StrokeSense is a medical application device design. StrokeSense is designed for people at risk of suffering a stroke and incorporates a brand new innovation in this field. Built by a multi-disciplinary team with backgrounds in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Business, StrokeSense has the potential to save lives” (Stroke Sense).

Stryde Tech

Stryde Tech also secured an investment of €1,500 and secured the title of Best Concept. Stryde Tech came from the Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering departments.

“Stryde Tech is a modern, innovative and life changing mobility aid which creates independence and freedom to those who struggle with getting from the sit-down to the stand-up position as well as providing aid to those who struggle with mobility, stability and balance”. (Stryde Tech).


Crúthú had a very impressive pitch that secured a €1,000 investment. “Cruthú is a creative studio that designs and implements interactive, projection-mapped business expo booths which are available for businesses to buy in customisable, easy-to-use packages to fit their needs and budget”. (Crúthú).

King Fisher

Deirdre Feeney of Kingfisher secured the prize of Best Stand on exhibition stage and snapped up an investment of €1,000. “The Kingfisher Company produces Salmon Crème Brule which is a savoury custard containing only the finest and freshest ingredients.  The product was established as a niche in the market was identified for a convenient, luxury salmon product to meet the growing demand for a unique, speciality convenience product”. (Deirdre Feeney).

Aware Bear

The Enactus & Social Innovation award was achieved by Aware Bear who secured an investment of €1,000. “Aware Bear is an interactive plush teddy bear with wellness features recommended by a child psychotherapist to encourage this key development”. (Aware Bear).

Artery Aid

Artery Aid had secured the NIMBUS development prize of €3,000. This €3,000 voucher grants Artery Aid time with the NIMBUS research centre to assist them with the development of their idea. “Artery Aid is a new medical device designed specifically for people who suffer from peripheral Arterial disease. This is where the blood vessels in the lower extremities narrow due to plaque build-up. Currently, there are 200 million people worldwide who suffer from peripheral arterial disease”. (Artery Aid).

A series of talks and events were also held as part of innovation week, a wide range of topics and areas surrounding innovation were included:

Majella O’Neill  

West cork nutritionist, Majella O’Neill held a talk in the tourism building entitled “Let Food be your Medicine” in the Cork Institute of Technology on Tuesday the 7th of March as part of CIT’s Innovation Week.

Ever since completing her degree in Nutrition, Majella O’Neill has had an avid interest in nutrition and how a diet can not only improve your overall health and wellbeing but also affect your mood.

Majella believes that certain processed foods have a direct link to such mental health issues as anxiety and depression. Majella addressed the students and staff of CIT on how to properly nourish themselves in order to face the challenges of life and inform them on healthy eating habits that will prove beneficial to them, not only in the short term but will also benefit their long term health and help prevent illness later in life.

Majella comes from an agricultural background and has had the opportunity to be around organic food all her life. She believes that too many adulterants are being put into modern food to serve such purposes as improving shelf life or to appear more visually appealing.

Majella feels that dieting should not be a punishment but as a way of being kind to ourselves and preparing delicious food that nourishes us. The biggest challenge, she says, is making that switch in our minds. Overall the event was a great success with a turnout of over a hundred people.

Dave O’Farrell – Owner of 12 tables restaurant.

Dave O’Farrell, owner of the 12 Tables Restaurant will held a talk in CIT’s Tourism building from 2pm until 3pm on Monday 6th March as Part of CIT’s weeklong event; Innovation Week. Dave shared insights into innovation and sharing his personal experiences and entrepreneurial journey into becoming the successful restaurateur he is today.

Stephen Ryan – Digital Marketing Seminar

As part of Cork Institute of Technology’s Innovation Week, Stephen Ryan, head of marketing for Red FM, will be holding a seminar on digital marketing in the Nimbus Centre on the 6th of March 2017 on the Bishopstown campus.

Stephen Ryan, previous head of marketing operations for Fota Wildlife Park, recently joined Cork’s premier radio station Red FM, where he is responsible for Marketing, Sponsorship’s, Promotions, Events and Digital Marketing.

Stephen’s previous success in digital marketing led him to giving lectures on Social Media and Digital Marketing to students attending CIT, UCC, LIT and Tennessee State University. Stephen will be sharing his experience and insights regarding Digital Marketing to CIT students as part of CIT’s annual Innovation Week; which will be holding a wide range of events along with showcasing several entrepreneurs in order to celebrate Innovation and encourage entrepreneurship among its students.

Stephen will be covering a wide range of topics regarding digital marketing and providing tips to budding entrepreneurs & start-up companies who wish to gain insight on the importance of Digital Marketing when looking to grow a business. Digital Marketing is a key element in today’s modern business era and is often overlooked by businesses when looking to promote a product or service.

Launch of Innovation Week

On the 6th of March CIT’s Innovation Week was officially be launched. Innovation week is an annual event that is run to celebrate the theme of innovation and entrepreneurship. The week was jam packed full of seminars, competitions and events to show students, staff and small businesses how innovative ideas can be transformed into money-making ventures.

The prize for innovation was then be awarded on March the 10th for the student with the most innovative idea. A total of €13,000 was allocated to award students with capital to embark on their exciting ventures.

Green Mentoring

Green Mentor is a two year project, funded under the Erasmus+ programme 2015-2017. While mentoring is an established business practice, particularly in the entrepreneurial start-up area, mentoring to green entrepreneurs, who wish to incorporate environmental values into their businesses is a new and growing area.

The five European partner organisations for Green Mentor include: Utopicus and Infodef from Spain, BEST from Austria, BGE from Hungary and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) from Ireland. The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship, within CIT, are responsible for developing one of the key project outputs, namely, the Green Mentor Handbook. Other key project outputs include a draft curriculum which may form the basis for seeking certification of a green mentoring curriculum under existing European Vocational Educational Frameworks and a Green Mentor Toolkit containing useful tools designed to guide the mentor and mentee along the green mentoring journey.

The Green Mentor project seeks to define and support the new emerging professional role of Green Mentor, i.e. those who mentor and provide practical support to entrepreneurs in starting up a green business or in greening an existing business by the introduction of green or eco-friendly processes and practices.

The next phase of the project requires partners to pilot the material developed with business mentors and business owners, managers or entrepreneurs with an interest in starting a green business or greening an existing business. This will be completed in two stages: training for mentors and mentoring of businesses.

We are now inviting existing business mentors and individuals interested in the concept of Green Mentoring to attend Green Mentor Training in Cork Institute of Technology on Monday Feb 27th Or Monday March 6th from 10.00 – 14.30. Please choose the date that suits best from the ticket options.

This training will focus on the process, roles and skills, combined with a practical approach that allows tracking of progress and a deeper understanding of the mentoring journey. Participants will be provided with a full overview of the Green Mentor Handbook and Toolkit.

By using the Green Mentor Handbook and Green Mentor Toolkit, the mentor and mentee will:

  • Develop an understanding of the breadth and complexity of the Green mentoring role.
  • Experience and gain a deeper understanding mentoring techniques and processes
  • Follow the key stages of a mentoring relationship.
  • Enhance skills & competencies of a mentor.
  • Better Identify mentee needs around Green business.
  • Gain an insight into green mentoring and its meaning, relevance and application.

Be inspired for success with stories from female founders

The Rubicon Centre held an all-female entrepreneur event as part of Innovation Week.                                               Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be among the hot topics under discussion during the event. The annual event, which is now in its 7th year promotes entrepreneurship and innovation and will take place across CIT’s five campus locations.  The schedule includes a wide range of seminars, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations.  This year’s event will also host a 'Women in Business' networking event, a talk on 'Food Being Your Medicine', as well as a seminar on digital marketing and much more.

The female-focused event of Innovation Week being run this year in the Rubicon Centre is Be Inspired for Success: Female Founders. This event will run on the Tuesday morning, the 7th of March. It will consist of three successful female entrepreneurs speaking about their stories of developing their business and what hurdles they have overcome in becoming successful business women. This event will see Sarah Leather of ‘About Sarah Leather' MC the event. This is the perfect opportunity for females in all sectors to be inspired, network and build contacts for their business.


CIT MasterChef

As part of CIT’s Innovation Week 2017, there was a MasterChef competition held in the Tourism Building in CIT from 2pm until 3pm on Thursday 9th March. CIT MasterChef put the cooking skills of three CIT students to the test, where they were asked to prepare dishes that will be judged independently. This event promises to be a feast to the culinary minded and will provide great entertainment to all involved on the day.

Calendar of Events (Click the event title for information & booking)

Date Event Location Event Type Target Audience & Booking
Monday 6th March 2017 

10.00am – 2.30pm

Green Mentoring Training Session  Business & Humanities Boardroom Seminar

Open Event. Booking Required.

12.30pm - 2.00pm Launch Event Nexus Launch Event Open Event. No Booking Required.
1.00pm CLUE DAY 1: Find the Robot Twitter: @CITEnterprise Competition Open Event - €100 to be won
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Launch of New Website

 From Potential to Performance -

Practicing Tips for Musicians

Doolan Room

CIT Cork School of Music
Seminar Open to all students and staff.   No booking required. 
2.00pm - 3.00pm

Dave O’Farrell  

Owner of 12 Tables Restaurant

Digital Marketing and your Business

– with Stephen Ryan Head of Marketing for Cork’s Red FM
Nimbus Seminar Open event. No Booking Required.
Tuesday 7th March 2017
9.30am - 4.30pm

Mentoring for Students

with Cork City Local Enterprise Office Mentors.
NIMBUS Library Mentoring Sessions


Booking Required.

10.00am - 12.30pm Be Inspired for Success with Stories from Female Founders Melbourne Building Seminar Invite Only.
11.00am CLUE DAY 2: Find the Robot Twitter: @CITEnterprise Competition Open Event - €100 to be won
12.00pm – 2.00pm

Cultural Entrepreneurship Workshop

 Professor Andreas Sonning, Norwegian Academy of Music

Gerard O Donovan, Head of School of Business & Humanities, CIT

Doolan Room

CIT Cork School of Music
Workshop Open Event. No Booking Required.
2.00pm - 3.30pm Let Food Be Your Medicine Tourism & Hospitality Building Talk Open Event. No Booking Required.
3.00pm – 5.00pm Water Rocket Challenge Blackrock Castle Observatory Competition Primary School Students and Parents. Open Event.
Wednesday 8th March 2017
9.00am – 1.00pm Business Model Canvas Workshop Nimbus Seminar Room Training Session

Open Event. Booking Required.

9.30am – 4.30pm

Mentoring for Businesses

with Cork City Local Enterprise Office Mentors

Nimbus Boardroom Mentoring Sessions

Start–Up Businesses

Booking Required

9.30am – 4.30pm

Mentoring for Students

with Cork City Local Enterprise Office Mentors.
Nimbus Library Mentoring Sessions

Start–Up Businesses

Booking Required

11.00am - 12.00pm Stories of CIT Student Start–Ups Melbourne Building Seminar Open Event for students and staff of CIT. 


CLUE DAY 3: Find the Robot Twitter: @CITEnterprise Competition Open Event - €100 to be won
11.30am - 12.30pm Rosie Lynch Callan Workhouse Union (CWU)

D.L.T, Sharman Crawford Street,

Crawford College of Art & Design

Open Event. Booking Required.

1.00pm - 2.00pm Sim Venture Demo for Entrepreneurship educators Nimbus Seminar Room Seminar Open Event. No Booking Required.
2.30pm - 4.00pm Introduction to Design Thinking – Customer Journey Mapping Melbourne Building Workshop Open Event. Booking Required.
Thursday 9th March 2017
8.30am - 6.00pm CIT Prize for Innovation Interviews Boardroom, Rubicon Centre Competition Closed Event. Shortlisted Participants Only
11.00am CLUE DAY 4: Find the Robot Twitter: @CITEnterprise Competition Open Event - €100 to be won
2.00pm – 3.00pm CIT – Masterchef Tourism & Hospitality Building Competition Open Event.  No Booking Required.
6.30pm – 8.30pm

Smart Communications Using New Media

 A seminar organised by students of the MA in Public Relations with New Media 2016-17
Nimbus Seminar Room Talk Open event.
Friday 10th March 2016
10.00am - 1.30pm CIT Prize for Innovation Nexus Hall, The Student Centre, CIT Exhibition and Awards Ceremony Open Event. No Booking Required
10.00am - 1.30pm The APP-rentice Showcase Nexus Hall, The Student Centre, CIT Showcase and Awards Open Event for CIT students.
10.00am -1.30pm CIT Module Business Canvass Wall Nexus Hall, The Student Centre, CIT Competition Open Event.  No Booking Required.
10.00am -1.30pm Enactus CIT Social Innovation Award Showcase Nexus Hall, The Student Centre, CIT Exhibition and Awards Open Event.  No Booking Required
9.45am – 1.45pm Bloodhound Supersonic Cars Rory Gallagher Theatre Exhibition Primary School Students
11.00am CLUE DAY 5: Find the Robot Twitter: @CITEnterprise Competition Open Event - €100 to be won
4.00pm - 6.00pm CIT Coder Dojo Competition Tourism & Hospitality Building Competition CIT Coder Dojo Participants



innovation week 2016

Prize for Innovation winner 2016: Vincent ford

Vincent Ford, a Third Year Mechanical Engineering Student and participant in CIT's Student Inc. Summer 2015. Vincent won the Prize for innovation and title of CIT Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015. Vincent’s project was to improve patient safety in the clinical environment.

Innovation Week 2015

In 2015, 28 special events were organised as part of Innovation Week with over 2,500 attendees at the various events.

The highly successful week has hosted a wide range of events across all industries and sectors including research showcase, business workshops, graduate discussions, social media seminars, and competitions encouraging participants to come up with their own creative business idea or the next big App idea.



Carole O’Leary, Industry Liaison Manager at CIT says: “The rationale behind this week is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in CIT amongst the staff, students and the wider business community. With the variety of events, speakers and competitions there is something for everyone, from 6 to 60 years. CIT is at the forefront of entrepreneurship education and training in the region and is ideally placed to host Innovation Week. The on-campus incubator, The Rubicon Centre, is a dedicated facility for start-up and emerging companies and is home to 60 knowledge-based businesses. Each year there is a buzz of activity present on the campus during Innovation Week and allows for further integration of business ideas between the staff, students and existing and emerging companies”.

During CIT’s Innovation Week, companies have the opportunity to visit CIT and learn how companies in the region use CIT as their innovation partner of choice. CIT hosts guest speakers on the subjects of entrepreneurship and innovation and all events are free and open to the public.