6 March 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork Institute of Technology’s Innovation Week 2017 begins today with an official launch taking place in ‘Nexus’.
Innovation Week will see a series of events, and activities, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation take place across CIT’s five campus locations. The schedule includes a wide range of seminars, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. This year’s event will also host a Women in Business networking event, as well as a talk on food being your medicine, a seminar on digital marketing and much more.
The highlight of the week is the Local Enterprise Offices (Cork) CIT Prize for Innovation, which awards €13,000 in cash prizes to those whose inventions and business ideas are judged most creative, novel, innovative, and likely to succeed in the workplace.
Last year’s first prize winner was sole trader and founder of GASGON, Vincent Ford, a Third Year Mechanical Engineering Student and participant in CIT’s Student Inc. Summer 2015. Vincent won the Prize for innovation and title of CIT Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 Prize for Innovation. Vincent’s project was to improve patient safety in the clinical environment.
Other prize categories include NIMBUS Product Development Prize, The Apprentice, Bank of Ireland Business Canvas Wall and CIT CoderDojo Competition. The competitions are open to all students registered at CIT during the academic year.