All the hard work paid off!!

19 08 2016

The lead up to lunch break involved cleverly prepared videos, artistic sketching and dedicated groups working in to their break to perfect their final presentations for their business idea.  Each of the five groups went to present in front of a panel of judges to get some valuable feedback on their business ideas.  The judging panel was made up of Brian Mcgrath, Head of the school of Business in CIT, Gerard O Donovan, Head of Faculty of Business and Humanities in CIT, Dr Noel Murray, Lecturer Marketing & International Business and Claire O Regan, Branch Manager of the Bank of Ireland CIT Branch.

Once the business pitches were over the participants received their certificates for successfully completing the enterprise camp for the week.  Dr Brendan Murphy, President of CIT congratulated the participants on their ideas and presented the certificates.

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There’s no ‘I’ in Team!

16 08 2016

Jim Barry from the Barry Group came to visit the camp today to tell them the story of his business and the history going back to 1955 when the business was founded by Jim’s father.  Now the company has grown and employs over 230 people in the Mallow headquarters.

Jim spoke to groups about his strong belief that his team are just as important as the customers. The focus on effective leadership, team building and effective communication ion the company has led to a recent ‘Great Place to Work’ award, along with awards for leadership and best manged company.

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Lists and lists of Ideas

16 08 2016

An inspiring idea generation session encouraged the groups to get thinking early on day 2 about what they would like to see in the market or what is already available but could be done better! It didn’t take long for the ideas to flow and by lunch break multiple pages were full of clever ideas.  Much diplomatic debating amongst the teams have resulted in their top ideas being chosen so they research their potential over the next few days.

It will be exciting to see the business ideas develop over the week and see them presented on the final day.





“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.





Exploring the CIT campus and some new technology!

17 08 2015

The group were treated to a detailed tour around the facilities in CIT, stopping for some much needed relaxation and fresh air in the impressive sports grounds.  When they ventured back to the Rubicon Centre they visited a number of companies while they busily worked away on their start-ups.

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To inspire the group for the week we paid a visit to the team in the Nimbus Centre that came up with the innovative Tip Tap Tap interactive school desk, a desk that allows all students to interact simultaneously across the classroom, providing support for a more collaborative & participatory learning experience.  The group were brought through the concept, creation and design development of this innovative device and invited to try it out for themselves.