A win-win as Irish Entrepreneur and DIT Graduate Ray Nolan hands over €2,000 to five DIT Students for their business ideas


31st March 2011

Experienced Irish Entrepreneur, Ray Nolan was in DIT Aungier Street today to hand over €2,000 to five students from DIT’s Business Management degree. Students Emma Geraghty, Laura Byrne, Elaine Bolger, Natalie Duffy and Una Boylan earned the €2,000 when they teamed up for a first-place finish in the Worky.com Case Study Competition. The undergraduate students fought stiff competition from 11 other teams to claim the cash and the virtual ‘worky.com’ trophy.

The case study competition is designed to give students on DIT’s Business Management degree (DT365) an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills while working on real industry projects. Ray Nolan’s latest venture worky.com provided this year’s real life project. Like a ‘Facebook for work’, worky.com provides a platform for anyone who wants to promote their work profile online. It offers a place to network with other like-minded people and a place to find a job or be headhunted.

Speaking at the prize-giving, Ray Nolan complemented all of the DIT student teams and their work; “I must say I was hugely impressed with the standard right across the board and the level of research that went into the projects was phenomenal.”


Indeed, testament to the quality of work produced by the students is the fact that Ray plans to utilize many of their ideas generated. “I have no doubt that several of the output actions will be implemented with worky.com, and will help us to develop our offering into one of the world's leading hiring platforms” said Ray Nolan.

As for the winning team, the students are delighted with their win, and with the cheque. According to team member Natalie Duffy “The experience was invaluable and the competition showed us the link between theory and business and how to work collaboratively with a team. It was also fun and a challenge to be able to work on a real life project like worky.com. “

DIT’s BSc in Business Management (DT365) is a four year honours degree designed to give a broad knowledge of the functional areas of modern business, and their interconnection, while also allowing for specialisation in a particular area.
To find out more see http://www.dit.ie/study/undergraduate/programmes/businessandmanagementdt365/

A DIT Graduate, Ray completed a Diploma in Electrical Engineering in DIT Kevin Street in 1987. 

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