Awards and Showcase 2016 Top Prize goes to Allmin Resources Ireland Ltd.
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland, EY and J.W. O'Donovan Solicitos, awards were presented in several categories, among them the overall 'Business of the Year,' as well as prizes for 'Business Plan and 'Innovation'.
Allmin Resources Ireland Ltd. was named as ‘Business of the Year’ at the 2016 IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme awards and showcase.
Founded by Alpa Agrawal, the business develops magnesium-related products and has already secured supply contracts for chemical products with companies across Europe and the Middle East.
Alpa identified the business opportunity when completing a Master’s in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship at UCC, having completed a chemical engineering degree at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
This Ignite awards celebrated the progress and achievements to date of the sixth cohort of new businesses who participated in the 2015/16 nine-month business incubation programme.
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland, EY and J.W. O’Donovan Solicitors, awards were presented in several categories, among them the overall ‘Business of the Year’, as well as prizes for ‘Business Plan’ and ‘Innovation’.
Competing firms operated across a range of areas, including chemical compounds, recruitment, online platforms, food/nutrition and personal grooming.
The judging panel comprised Diarmuid Lynch from Bank of Ireland, John Sheehan from J.W. O’Donovan, Karen Gayer from EY and Orla Rimmington from Kernel Capital.
The ‘Business Plan Award’ was presented to Breffney O’Dowling-Keane for her company, Fruitcubed. The company, which is due to be launched shortly, produces a fruit-based stock cube that provides a cheaper alternative to fresh fruit for smoothies, cocktails, desserts and cakes.
The ‘Innovation Award’ went to Steven Merrick and Paul Davidson for their company,Zazsi, an online platform that integrates consumers, online retailers and product influencers.