Posted on Tuesday 2 July 2019 by Cruickshank Intellectual Property

Cruickshank once again had the pleasure in attending the annual Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards which recently took place at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)

NUIG Galway student Christopher McBrearty was this year’s overall winner with his company NanoDetect, which provides advance PSA screening technology to help improve detection rates in prostate cancer. Speaking about this technology McBrearty said “Our core goal is to reduce patient waiting time with quick test results and to help educate and raise awareness around prostate cancer.”

Receiving the Cruickshank High Achieving Award were students John Colbert, David O’Connor, Elise Kenneally and Michael Goggin from CIT with their company Stom Assure and their invention of an implantable alternative to the current method of stoma treatment. Other winners on the day included Jenny Gregg from University of Ulster and students Daniel Izquierdo Hijazi, Sean Smith, Tara McElligott and Jose Lopez Escobar from Technological University Dublin.

In its 38th year these awards which are open to third level students are a fantastic opportunity for students around the country to showcase their world changing innovative ideas. With a prize of €10,000 the winners also receive the opportunity of mentoring from Enterprise Ireland along with IP consultancy from our team here at Cruickshank and the chance to develop a business plan from Grant Thornton.

Cruickshank have been delighted to be part of this event over the years and have witnessed some truly fantastic pioneering and innovative technologies grow out of this competition. We would encourage students from all over the country who feel they have the right business idea to enter this competition. While the awards are now over for this year, we look forward to 2020 and the next participants of the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards.


You can find out more about these awards and how can enter here.