Cork Chamber and UCC Launch Transition Year Business Awards 2015

11 March 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth

Cork Chamber and the College of Business & Law, UCC, have launched the annual Transition Year (TY) Business Awards for 2015, sponsored by BNY Mellon, a global investments company and major employer in Cork.

Cork Chamber Chief Executive, Conor Healy said, “The Chamber is delighted to continue its support of these awards in 2015. Continuous collaboration between businesses and education institutes are crucial to encouraging entrepreneurship as a viable career choice at an early age. The role of the TY awards is to help initiate this interest in potential future entrepreneurs in the region. The Chamber would like to acknowledge the generous and continued sponsorship of BNY Mellon and looks forward to working with UCC in ensuring another successful year for the TY Business Awards Programme.”

Anne Wallace, Student Recruitment & Liaison Officer with the College of Business & Law stated that, “This competition provides students with an opportunity to explore the business environment in an innovative way. In previous years, the quality of entries into this competition has been impressive and we hope that schools throughout the region will get involved.”

Heather Crowley-Kerr, Head of Fund Accounting BNY Mellon said, “BNY Mellon is once again delighted to continue its support to the TY Business Award Project. We welcome the opportunity to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the next generation of business leaders”

The 2015 competition pays tribute to George Boole whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year. Boole was the first Professor of Mathematics at University College Cork and is described as the ‘fore father of the information age’. Students participating in this year’s competition are requested to submit a 1,500 word project highlighting how their Bank/Mini Company mirrored George Boole’s entrepreneurial ability and creative genius.

The prize for this year’s winning team is €1,000 for their school and €500 and €250 for those schools in second and third place. Competition winners and highly commended projects will also have the opportunity to present a brief synopsis of their project at the awards ceremony. The closing date for entries is 1st May with the prize-giving ceremony taking place in the Aula Maxima, UCC on the 21st May 2015.

Completed projects should be sent to Anne Wallace, College of Business & Law, UCC by email to

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