A team from Trinity and Queen’s won first prize in the annual third-level student competition organized by Enterprise Ireland.
Students who developed a handheld haptic device to help people feel the energy of sports matches have received this year’s top award. Entrepreneur Student Awards.
Field of Vision was created by Trinity College Dublin students Tim Farrelly and David Deneher, along with Omar Salem from Queen’s University Belfast.
The device aims to allow people who are blind or visually impaired to better experience sports games. It uses artificial intelligence to analyze live video streams from games, translating what happens on screen to tablet devices via haptic feedback.
Field of Vision was one of the 10 finalists in the contest, which Enterprise Ireland organizes annually. The student team has won a € 10,000 prize and will receive tutoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of the device.
But there were several other winners at the awards ceremony, which took place virtually today (June 11).
Marion Cantillon of University College Cork won a € 5,000 High Performance Merit Award for her biofilm that eliminates the need for farmers to use plastic or tires to seal pits and reduces methane emissions.
Peter Timlin of Dublin City University and Richard Grimes of the University of Limerick also won a High Performance Merit Award for their socially responsible clothing brand, Pure Clothing.
Diglot, a language learning book company founded by Trinity College Dublin students Cian Mcnally and Evan Mcgloughlin, took home a € 5,000 prize. This company, which has achieved sales in 19 countries to date, weaves foreign words into English sentences in classic novels, allowing the reader to gradually absorb new vocabulary.
Ivan McPhillips, professor of entrepreneurship, innovation and rural development at GMIT, won the Enterprise Ireland Scholar Award.
Along with the prize money, the winners will also share a € 30,000 consulting fund to help turn their ideas into business reality. Awards of merit were awarded to the remaining six finalists, along with € 1,500 per team.
‘Springboard for tomorrow’s business leaders’
This is the 40th year of the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards, a competition open to students from all tertiary institutions across the country.
The winner of last year’s competition was Mark O’Sullivan of University College Cork, who developed a device to help detect brain injuries in newborns.
Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, said the competition provides a platform for students to showcase their business ideas and acts as a “springboard for tomorrow’s business leaders.”
“Previous winners and finalists have achieved success both domestically and internationally,” he added.
“We have had more than 250 entries for this year’s awards, and the applicants demonstrated ingenuity in their approach to solving real-world problems in a variety of industries.”
Tánaiste and the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD, congratulated the winners. “I am truly impressed by the caliber and ingenuity of the ideas presented, especially given the significant challenges that came with this unprecedented year,” he said.