Five TU Dublin students recently travelled to Portugal to compete at the European Innovation Academy (EIA), the world's largest entrepreneurship summer school focused on technology innovation.
Joining interdisciplinary teams made up of students from across Europe - Dylan, Ross, Valentin, Alana and Brian – were challenged to launch a start-up in just 15 days. Mimicking the live entrepreneurial process of a Silicon Valley start-up, programme participants also receive mentorship from industry leaders, serial entrepreneurs and educators. Overall, TU Dublin was hugely successful in the competition with every student making it to the semi-finals round and three students, Dylan, Ross and Valentin, on a winning team.
Individual student outcomes
Dylan Kilbride, Business Computing
Dylan brought his final year project to EIA and successfully built a team around it. GroupPay allows groups of all sizes to pool money together and to make payments with the consolidated funds using one-time payment details, for example, booking a group holiday. Dylan’s team was ranked as a Top Team and won a 17-week Accelerator Program. The team was also shortlisted for a Product Development Sprint award.
Ross Long, Business Computing
Ross Long was also on the GroupPay winning team where he played a primarily technical role; he also made a big impact presenting the product at the Investor Pitch.
Valentin Santa, Retail Management
Valentin took on a business strategy role with Biotimix, a start-up with the lofty goal of 3D printing human organs to solve the enormous problem of organ donor waiting lists. Leveraging the Intellectual Property of a co-founder and doctor, Biotimix also made it into the Top Teams and won a course in start-up financial management.
Alana Ryan, Marketing
Alana brought her marketing skills to Heal-Thy, mental well-being product targeted at large software companies. The team reached the semi-finals (Investor pitch) and was shortlisted for the Trademark award.
Brian Kenny, Business and Law
Brian led his team Mahalo on a social entrepreneurship project to address littering. Their product empowers good citizens to tidy up the community, by providing litter-gathering tools and a social platform in collaboration with county councils.
Commenting on EIA 2019, Dr Neil O’Connor, a Business Software Development Lecturer at TU Dublin, said, “I was delighted to travel with this talented group of students. Their personal work ethic and competitive nature were hugely impressive, and their success reflected this. In particular, I want to congratulate Dylan, Ross and Valentin who represented TU Dublin in two of the top-placed teams at the contest.”
More information about the European Innovation Academy is available here.