KneeMetrics wins Best Business Idea at UCC Start-Up Lab

14 Mar 2018

KneeMetrics, a product to aid rehabilitation after knee surgery, was named as Best Business Idea at the Start-Up Lab at UCC workshops on 13 March 2018. 

Researcher Mohammed Taj-Eldin won the award for Most Innovative Business with his idea for use of wearable technology to aid sufferers of dementia while BSc (Physics & Maths) graduate, John Kelleher, was awarded the prize for Best Pitch where he illustrated the benefits of sensors that can locate faults in electric fences.

The three were among fifteen start-up ideas presented at the pitch session to mark the end of the Spring 2018 Start-Up Lab at UCC and were the outcome of a process that started with fifty applications in late January. The prizes were announced following a series of three minutes pitches to an Adjudication Panel of Marcelle McAuliffe, Commercial Manager, Bank of Ireland, Sean O’Sullivan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, South Cork and Dick Lehane, Chair of IGNITE Advisory Board.

Start-Up Lab at UCC provides participants with the opportunity to build and refine a robust business model over 7 weeks, with the support of mentors and industry leaders. The initiative is a collaboration between IGNITE and Blackstone Launchpad at University College Cork.  Each session features guest speakers and experienced business facilitators and participants work in small and large groups to develop their ideas.

The initiative provides an opportunity for any undergraduate or postgraduate student, staff member or graduate to develop a sound business model and gain the knowledge, skills and advice on how to develop a scalable business with the support of IGNITE and Blackstone Launchpad at University College Cork.

The next series of UCC Start-up Lab workshops is due to take place in Summer 2018. For more information contact


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