Swimming Aid Wins Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition 2012

29th March 2012: The team behind Nero-Hero, a new neoprene swimming garment that helps learner swimmers to keep afloat, have won this year’s Bolton Trust/DIT Student Enterprise Competition.

Team members, Daniel Minogue, David Manton, John Healy and Robert McCarthy, who are studying Product Design in DIT Bolton Street, received a €2,000 cash prize.The team’s design is a neoprene garment that raises the body of the user into the correct position while swimming, to improve technique.   

 Daniel Minogue and David Manton of 'Nero-Hero' who picked up the €2,000 first prize in the Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Awards 2012

The four teams shortlisted for the final presented their idea and business plan to a panel of expert judges on the night. Team Dressinade took second prize with their plan to develop a range of marinades and dressings. Dressinade also picked up the prize for Best Market Research.  Red Head Brewing Company and Emergency Services App claimed joint third position with their plans for a new craft beer and an emergency smart phone app.

Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Awards judges Robin Blanford (D4H), Ian Lucey (Lucey Technology)  Carole Hurley (AIB), Pat McCormack (Bolton Trust) and Dermot Tierney (DIT Hothouse)

The Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Awards have been running for almost 20 years. The Trust was established in 1986 by staff of the Dublin Institute of Technology to promote new business enterprise in Ireland. Sponsors of the Awards are DIT Hothouse, the innovation and technology transfer office in DIT, and AIB.