CIT’s Innovation Week 2017 will kick off on Monday 6th March with an official launch taking place in the Nexus.
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 food being your medicine, a seminar on digital marketing and much more.
The highlight of the week is the Local Enterprise Offices (Cork) CIT Prize for Innovation which awards €13,000 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 GASGON, 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 Prize for Innovation. Vincent’s project was to improve patient safety in the clinical environment.
Other prize categories include NIMBUS Product Development Prize, The Apprentice, Bank of Ireland Business Canvas Wall and CIT CoderDojo 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).
Enterprise Society Competitions 2017
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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.