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DIT student wins IBYE Award for best business idea at Dublin City Region awards

Posted: 9 December, 2016

Brian David Henderson, a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences at DIT, won the Best Business Idea category at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Awards for the Dublin City region.

DIT student Brian David Henderson wins Best Business Idea category at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Awards for Dublin City region

Following several rounds of tough competition, Brian was presented with a prize of €7,000 at the awards ceremony, which was held on Monday 5 December at the Mansion House.

Brian will compete in the IBYE Dublin regional final at the end of January. Winners of the regionals will go on to compete in the IBYE National Final.  

Brian has participated on the DIT Hothouse New Frontiers programme, an Enterprise Ireland programme aimed at supporting the establishment and growth of technology or knowledge intensive ventures that have the potential to trade internationally and create employment in Ireland. As part of the programme, Brian set up his own company, Baon Diagnostics, a patent-pending point of care diagnostics in the area of detection of antibiotic resistance genes in bacteria.

The annual IBYE competition is open to budding entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-35, who have an outstanding idea or commercial venture for a start-up or existing business. IBYE is run by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and is supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.