Make a Mark wins Best Business Idea at Start-Up Lab at UCC

13 Nov 2018

Make a Mark, a product to apply marking fluid to sheep, was named as Best Business Idea at the Start-Up Lab at UCC workshops on 13 November 2018. The business idea was pitched by First Year BSc (Government) student Mary Murphy.

Computer science student, Tom Leamon won the award for Best Pitch with his idea, AVsync, software that delivers personalized live music visualization for live concerts.

The two were among fourteen start-up ideas presented at the pitch session to mark the end of the Autumn 2018 Start-Up Lab at UCC and were the outcome of a process that started with forty applications in late September.

The prizes were announced following a series of three minutes pitches to an Adjudication Panel of Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office North & West Cork, Ita O’Sullivan, Digital Product Manager at Musgrave Group, Alan Carroll, Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland and Rich Ferrie, Director, Office for Technology Transfer at UCC.

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 Spring 2019. For more information contact


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