Galway Students won Business Award – Christmas 1998

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A group of inventive entrepreneurs studying in GMIT Galway took first place in the Enterprise Ireland Student Awards at the RDS, Dublin recently with a project which identified new opportunities in agriculture.

The award was presented by Minister for Science, Technology and Commerce Noel Treacy as part of the Monster Maggots and Musical Squares – Best of Irish Science exhibition.

The three students are from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.  Patrick Kelly Team Leader, from Athenry, Karen Bolger and Shane Mooney, Ballyhaunis, were winners of the 1998 Enterprise Ireland Student Awards.  Their project, the KBM silage inoculant applicator is designed to apply a powder preservative to grass before it is ensiled.

The KBM system is attached to the side of a cab on the harvester and the special spinner system overcomes the problems associated with working in damp condition which affect present applicators.  It allows silage additive to be applied freely and accurately on grass.

Cruickshank Ltd., the patent agents also presented them with a special award for technical innovation.  The team received cheques totalling £4,500, £3,000 as overall winners and £1,500 as winners of the Cruickshanks award.

The winning project was one of four finalists selected from 200 in a competition involving 600 students from 13 third level institutions.  The awards are organised by Enterprise Ireland and are open to all fulltime undergraduates attending any third level educational institute.  The competition is now in its 15th year and in that time over 9,000 students have participated, subrrdtting over 2,000 business proposals.

Speaking at the award ceremony Minister Treacy said: ‘These student awards celebrate the absolute best in student entrepreneurship – vision and ambition.  We need to encourage more and more students to explore – vision and ambition.  We need to encourage more and more students to explore the idea of going into business for themselves.  Competitions such as this encourage students at an early age to a business idea, explore it and examine all the issue around it to make it a business reality.’ ‘It is very appropriate that these awards are presented at this event as it demonstrates to young people that many different aspects of science, innovation, and industry and aims to encourage them to choose science as a subject at school and college and more importantly as a career,’ he added.  Patrick Kelly, Ivy House, Castlelambert attended Lisheenkyle N.S. and Vocational School, Athenry.

Congrats to other Local Graduted 1998

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Written by Enterprise Ireland 1998

Published here 20 Apr 2023 and originally published Christmas 1998

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