Dr. Coy?s Health Foods makes Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Award finals

KTI - Innovation Showcase

Guilt-free chocolate, a revolutionary new music creation app and a host of disruptive new cost-saving advances in medicine, engineering and tech are just a flavour of the remarkable innovations making the shortlist of this year’s Irish TimesInterTradeIreland Innovation awards.

A rich vein of innovative talent has been tapped in awards. After first-round judging last week, 18 innovators have been shortlisted to go forward to the final of the prestigious competition this year.

Final entries were received up to December 1st, and seven judges spent the following six weeks working through the successful applications.

Each entry to make it through to the judging round comprised several detailed pages along with a video presentation provided using Sonru’s online interview system, as well as supporting graphs, charts and online links. The judges then scored each entry under a variety of categories before meeting to come up with the final shortlist.

This year’s first-round judges, who dedicated dozens of hours to the arduous task, were Dr Bernadette McGahon of InterTradeIreland; Tim Brundle of the University of Ulster;Marion Boland of Science Foundation IrelandNiall Cunningham of KPMGPat Daly ofTeagasc; and Prof Frank Roche of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Your reporter was also one of the first-round judges.

The finalists will now go forward to the next round, where they will present their ideas to a panel of judges that include Dr Chris HornNorman Crowley of Crowley Carbon; Mark Nodder of Wrights GroupHelen Kirkpatrick of UTV Media and KingspanKevin Neary of Gamestop; and David Woolfson of Gabriel Scientific, the overall winner of the award in 2012.

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