“You are all Winners” :)

21 08 2015

Another busy and very productive enterprise camp has come to an end and what a great week it was!!  All the teams put in great work and commitment to produce business ideas with fantastic potential.

After a morning working together to perfect their business pitches the teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges.  The judges commented on the professional manner in which they all presented and how cleverly thought out their ideas where.  All of the market research and work on their ideas has obviously paid off!!

Some of the ideas included; self-repairing screens for phones, an app for scanning clothing styles, a smart fuel management system, a phone case that protects your earphones and waterproof socks.

Many of the students asked us to pick our favourite but we were so impressed with all the hard work it would be like picking our favourite child!!!  As I said “you are all winners in my eyes” 🙂

The groups were then presented with their certificates for completing the camp by the CIT president and ACE the innovation mascot of CIT.

The enterprise camp staff would like to wish each participant the very best of luck in the future and don’t forget we are always here to offer any advice along the way if needed.


The Business ideas are coming together…

20 08 2015

A day of market research, marketing offline and on-line, costing and pricing their products meant that the groups business ideas are showing great potential.

Deirdre from CIT’s management and enterprise department showed the group how necessary a good marketing plan is for a start up.  Eoin and Will from the successful multimedia company based in the Rubicon Centre, Dog Day Media, went through the importance of video for businesses today using their own innovative and fun videos as examples. Hazel from the on campus Bank of Ireland gave an overview of costing and pricing for the teams products and stayed in the camp to help out each group.

After only a few days the hard working teams are ensuring that the business ideas they present will be well and truly impressive….We are excited to see the end result!!

Innovation at Logitech

19 08 2015

After an early lunch for some much needed energy, the group headed off to one of the leaders in tech innovation, Logitech, for an exciting and extremely interesting tour of their Cork company.  After hearing about the trends in the industry and the reasoning behind the direction that Logitech has taken over the years, we went for a tour of the design centre to check out the evolution of their products designs and creative surroundings where they come up with ideas for their sleek and impressive product line.

The group were then treated to a trip down to the lab to see a drop test of an iPad to test the newly launched Blok protective case.

Entrepreneurial Stories

19 08 2015

The morning was spent listening to the stories of some of the hard working entrepreneurs based in the Rubicon Centre.  Each entrepreneur explained how they developed their ideas and some brought along a prototype to show the enterprise camp group their business ideas in real life!

One of the ideas on display included a motion sensor linked with gaming technology to offer an innovative solution to rehabilitation patients.  Some of the Student Inc. programme entrepreneurs then went through their projects which included food projects such as healthy sous vide packs and gluten free cookies and a equestrian training device for children learning horse riding.

A quick break with Munster Rugby

18 08 2015

After a busy morning of coming up with business ideas the group took a break to watch the Munster Rugby team’s training session.  Donnacha O’Callaghan popped over to chat about the Enterprise Camp activities and to encourage the groups on developing their ideas for the rest of the week.

EOY Ireland

18 08 2015

James from the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) team visited the camp today to talk about the prestigious EOY programme that aims to promote entrepreneurship across Ireland and empower entrepreneurs to grow their businesses both in Ireland and around the world.

An overview of the selection process, the entrepreneur retreats and the awards ceremony offered great insight for the group on the fantastic VIP treatment our top entrepreneurs in Ireland receive for all their hard work.

One of those hard working entrepreneurs, Colette Twomey, Managing Director of Clonakilty Black Pudding, told the fascinating story of Clonakilty Black Pudding and how it has grown and developed over the years.  Colette, who is one of the EOY finalists for 2015, also discussed the merits of being part of the EOY programme and networking amongst Ireland’s top entrepreneurs.

Pages of Ideas

18 08 2015

The idea generation session kicked off with a few exercises to get some ideas flowing……and flow they did!!

Pages of flip chart paper have been used and a long list of ideas have been stored.  It looks like it will be an exciting week full of creativity and innovation!!