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Feathergrip team wins 2016 Student Enterprise award

Posted: 11 March, 2016

24th Docklands Innovation/DIT Student Enterprise Competition attracts 74 team entries

Team Feathergrip accepting the €2,500 first prize for their business plan. Pictured (L-R): Darragh Caffrey, Darragh Sheridan, Ciaran Brennan and Karl Martin.

Congratulations to Team Feathergrip, winners of the Docklands Innovation/DIT Student Enterprise Competition at the 2016 Grand Final in DIT Bolton Street.

Team members Darragh Sheridan, Karl Martin, Ciaran Brennan and Darragh Caffrey impressed the judges with their presentation of Feathergrip – a device that enables a person with an impaired grip to be able to hold a personal smart device for a prolonged period. The students of Product Design scooped first place and a €2,500 cash prize at the competition Grand Final in DIT Bolton Street.  

The second prize of €1,000 went to Patrick Kenny, Andrew Loughnane, Alex Service, Murillo Medeiros and Callum Leneman – also students of Product Design - who presented the ‘Echo Bicycle Safety Device’, an assistive technology aimed at cyclists commuting in cities. The device is designed to make the interaction between cyclist/smartphone safer, managing audio, calls, maps, turn indication, and obstruction alerts without diverting the cyclist’s attention from the road. An app will work with the device to provide synchronisation with any smartphone.



Above: Team Ecco accepting the €1,000 prize second place. Pictured (L-R): Prof Gerry Farrell (DIT); Patrick Kenny and Callum Leneman (Echo); Rea O'Neill (Chair); Alex Serviss (Echo); and Dr. Colm O'Kane (MC). Absent from photo: Murillo Medeiros and Andrew Loughnane (Echo).

The third prize of €750 was won jointly by two teams: Business Management students Adam Hill, Sean Hogan, Jody Keown and Warren Kennedy for their Car Safety Kits business plan; and final year Culinary Entrepreneurship students, Gunmoo Kim and Daniel Kennedy for Jaru.

Car Safety Kit is a product that comprises a High Visibility Jacket, Jump Leads, Torch, Ice Scraper, Fire Extinguisher, Basic First Aid Kit and a Warning Triangle. The car safety kit was developed to enhance the driving experience of the consumer.

Team Car Safety Kit accepting a share of third prize for their Car Safety Kit business plan. Pictured (L-R): Prof Gerry Farrell (DIT); Adam Hill, Sean Hogan,Warren Kennedy and Jody Keown (Echo); Rea O'Neill (Chair); and Dr Colm O'Kane (MC)

Jaru specialises in delivering healthy, authentic Korean/Asian food in Ireland, and connecting the Korean/ Asian and European culture through the food. The idea behind the business is to maintain the root of authentic Korean/Asian flavours, while collaborating with other food providers in order to develop its own unique, healthy and delicious cuisine.

Gunmoo Kim and Daniel Kennedy receiving a cheque for joint third place for the Jaro business plan. Pictured (L-R): Prof Gerry Farrell (DIT); Gunmoo Kim and Daniel Kennedy (Jaru); Rea O'Neill (Chair); and Dr Colm O'Kane (MC)

Other prizes awarded on the night went to:

  • Unique Apparel (Best Market research)
  • Phoenix Adventures (Best Accounts)
  • Metronome (Best Poster)
  • Echo (Michael Griffin Memorial Award for Most Innovative Idea)

The following teams each received €250 as runners up from the semi-finals:

  • Metronome
  • All-Haler Inhaler
  • Milo Desserts
  • G.K Gymnastics

This was the 24th consecutive year of the competition, run jointly by Docklands Innovation (a Bolton Trust initiative) and DIT. The main objective of the competition is to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship among DIT students and to encourage and support a rigorous business planning approach to entrepreneurial activities. The competition is open to teams of registered DIT students and this year more than 74 teams from a range of disciplines entered the competition.

Along with DIT Hothouse, the competition is sponsored by AIB and Enterprise Ireland. It is also supported through the invaluable contributions of local organisers, lecturers, and the members of the judging panels for the semi-finals and final.

The judging panel consisted of Bolton trust founding member Rea O’Neill (Chair), SME business advisor Peter Sheridan; DIT Hothouse Programme Manager Gavin Davidson, and AIB Business Relationship Manager Carole Hurley.

The MC on the evening was Dr Colm O’Kane, lecturer from the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering.

Prof Gerry Farrell, Director and Dean of the DIT College of Engineering & Built Environment delivered the welcoming address.

Feathergrip team wins 2016 Student Enterprise award

Above (L-R): Peter Sheridan (judge); The Feathergrip Team (first prize winners); Rea O'Neill (judge); Dr Colm O'Kane (MC); Prof Gerry Farrell (DIT); and Gavin Davidson (DIT Hothouse Programme Manager & judge)

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About Docklands Innovation

Docklands Innovation, a Bolton Trust initiative, encourages and promotes new business enterprise in Ireland. We are an independent voluntary trust actively committed to assisting entrepreneurs to create sustainable business. We own and manage Docklands Innovation Park a hub of innovation based in the Dublin Docklands. For more information visit


About DIT Hothouse

DIT Hothouse is the award-winning Innovation and Technology Transfer Office at Dublin Institute of Technology, responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from DIT research. DIT Hothouse is the hub of innovation and technology transfer activities in DIT, the place where business meets innovation. The Hothouse team works with students, lecturers and research teams across DIT as well as with entrepreneurs, industry leaders and investors. For more information visit

Further Information
For more information on the Docklands Innovation/DIT Student Enterprise Competition, visit the competition website or email