The IGNITE programme at UCC, which nurtures startups from ideas to commercial reality, hosted its award showcase virtually this evening.
The IGNITE programme at UCC has supported 120 new start-ups since its inception.
Their IGNITE Awards and Showcase Autumn 2020 took place via webinar.
In the one hour virtual event, attendees heard from the nine start-ups who are completing the programme and heard about the progress made by the start-ups that joined the programme in April.
They also heard, for the first time, about the founders who have just begun their start-up journey with IGNITE.
Awards for Best Business and Best Business Plan were also presented.
The winner of the IGNITE Awards for Best Business was Mark O’Sullivan of Neurobell. The Best Business Plan was won by Willian Nolan of Addaptiv.
Neurobell is developing a diagnostic medical device for the early detection and monitoring of brain injuries in newborns.
Addaptiv meanwhile is developing new products using both Plastic and Metal 3D Printing.
“In what have been challenging circumstances for many businesses we are very proud of the IGNITE graduates this year,” said IGNITE director Eamon Curtin.
“This has certainly been an unusual year but we have seen how hard work and dedication is vital to ensuring a business grows and develops.
“As with many aspects of society, IGNITE has moved online and so too has our Awards and Showcase,” he added.
“We are delighted that the IGNITE startups were able to pitch their business ideas straight to the screen.
“We are very proud of every participant on the IGNITE programme.”
Derek Horgan, Manager with Bank of Ireland said:
“Once again we at Bank of Ireland are delighted to be part of the IGNITE programme again this year.
“We are always inspired by the founders, their ideas and the quality of their pitches and business plans.
“IGNITE is a fantastic programme that helps to support entrepreneurs and we are very proud to be a part of it,” he added.
The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme is hosted by University College Cork and supported by Bank of Ireland, the Local Enterprise Offices of Cork City, South Cork and North & West Cork, Cork City Council and Cork County Council.