Bolton Trust-DIT-Steorn Student Enterprise Competition - 2007

The final of this year's Bolton Trust-DIT-Steorn Student Enterprise Competition took place in DIT Aungier Street at the end of March. In a tightly-contested final, the winners were the RISSA team - five students in their third year of the BSc (Hons) in Product Design. Congratulations to Richard Gore, Alex McFadden, Valentine Nicosia, Stephen Walker and Siobhan O'Keeffe who won the top prize of €5000 for their presentation of their product - 'a new type of visor with a heating element demister'.

John Lawlor, Head of the School of Manufacturing and Design Engineering, with Alex McFadden, Richard Gore, Valentina Nicosia and Stephen Walker - all members of the winning RISSA team - receiving their first prize cheque for €5000

This competition, which carries a total prize fund of €12,000, generates huge interest in DIT and this year attracted ninety entries from teams right across the Institute. These were reviewed by a panel of adjudicators who drew up an initial shortlist of thirty-two teams to participate in the quarter finals. Eight teams came through that stage to the semi-finals and eventually four made it through to the final stage. In addition to the first place prize of €5000, the second prize was €2,500, third prize was €1500 and fourth prize was €1000. Each of the four runner up teams were presented with a cheque for €500.

According to competition co-ordinator, Pat McCormack, the standard of submissions this year was very high. Congratulating the winners and all those who competed in the competition, he urged any team whose proposal had a manufacturing or international trading dimension to submit their plans to the Enterprise Ireland 'Student Enterprise Awards 2007' competition. 'Last year this prestigious all-Ireland competition was won by a DIT team who were finalists in the Bolton Trust-DIT-Steorn competition, so best of luck to any team who decide to put themselves in for the competition this year!' The closing date will be next Wednesday, 25 April, and full details can be obtained from your tutors or from the Student Enterprise Competition organising committee.

Congratulations once again to the winners and competitors in the 2007 Bolton Trust-DIT-Steorn Student Enterprise Competition, and to their tutors and mentors. Here is the list of the final four teams:

*First Place* and winners of the top prize of €5,000 - Congratulations!

RISSA A new type of visor with a heating element demister  Presented by:
Richard Gore Alex McFadden Valentine Nicosia Stephen Walker Siobhan O'Keeffe
Students on the 3rd Year of the BSc (Hons) in Product Design DT001/3

 2nd Prize of €2,500

SCAFFA GRIP A covering to be applied to scaffolding to reduce the risk of slipping  Presented by:
Eimear Fitzsimons Stephen Carson Colin Conlon Cillian Hunter Sean Kelly
Students on the 3rd Year of the BSc (Hons) in Product Design DT001/3

3rd Prize of €1,500

A J OILS A business that produces oil and animal feed from rape seed Presented by:
Andrew Fallon and John Kinsella
Students on the 3rd Year of the (Hons) Degree in Manufacturing & Design Engineering DT023/3 School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering

4th Prize of €1,000

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