Launch of Innovation Week
Cork Institute of Technology will kick off Innovation Week 2016 on Monday 7th March with an official launch taking place around a supersized box in the Atrium, a place where students congregate for lunch.
The annual event, which is now in its 6th year, will see a week-long series of events and activities promoting entrepreneurship and innovation 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, as well as a talk on Health, Fitness and Coaching for Entrepreneurs by Kildare Football Manager, Cian O’Neill.
The highlight of the week is the Local Enterprise Offices (Cork) CIT Prize for Innovation which awards €10,000 in cash prizes to those whose inventions and business ideas are judged most creative, novel, innovative, and likely to succeed in the workplace.
Last year’s first prize winner was sole trader and founder of the Roll Out Vegetable Garden Company, Cara Tremayne from Dunmanway, Co Cork. Cara, who was a fourth year Horticulture student at CIT, picked up a cheque for €4,000 and the title of CIT Entrepreneur of the Year for her roll out coco coir woven matting impregnated with vegetable seeds.
Other prize categories include NIMBUS Product Development Prize, The Apprentice, Bank of Ireland Business Canvass Wall and CIT CodorDojo Competition. The competitions are open to all students registered at CIT during the academic year.
The CIT Prize for Innovation is sponsored by the Local Enterprise Offices (Cork).