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.



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.

Tip Tap Tap

15 08 2016

The group finished the first day with a visit to the Nimbus research centre to Tip Tap Tap, a Cork based ed-tech company, showcasing their innovative interactive desk enhancing the way pupils learn.  The students learned how the company was formed, how the idea for the interactive desk came about and the many benefits for this technology in today’s education environment.  The interesting exhibition of the new start up finished with a demo of the product and how it will look to the end user in the classroom.

Camp Kick Off….

15 08 2016

We have welcomed our group of enterprising teenagers in to the Rubicon centre here on the campus of Cork Institute of Technology.  The camp takes place in the centre of the busy innovation centre that houses over 60 entrepreneurs who are busy working on their businesses.  This allows the participants to become immersed in the bustling, innovative environment.

WiFi has been connected, there are Pokemon hunts at lunch break and plenty of discussions on what businesses to start…It’s going to be an eventful week!!

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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.

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.


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.