Stalios Gloves wins Best Business Idea at Start Up Lab at UCC

12 Mar 2019
Start Up Lab at UCC Winners, Luke Pottiger and Emer Keaveney with judging panel members Alan Carroll of Bank of Ireland, Margaret Shine of SRL and Damian Creedon of Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland

BSc (Accounting) student, Luke Pottinger won the Best Business Idea Award at the Start Up Lab at UCC workshops on 12 March 2019, with his idea for Stalios Gloves, a glove designed specifically for bar tenders to improve health & safety. He identified the product need through personal experience working in the hospitality sector.

And UCC MSc (Marine Biology) graduate, Emer Keaveney was awarded the prize for Best Pitch where she presented Ocean Research & Conservation Ireland, a non-profit organization dedicated to the sustainable management of Irish marine megafauna through research, education, conservation and technology. 

They were among twelse start-up ideas presented at the pitch session to mark the end of the Spring 2019 Start-Up Lab at UCC. The prizes were announced following a series of three minutes pitches to an Adjudication Panel of Alan Carroll. Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland, Margaret Shine, CEO SRL and Damian Creedon, Digital Product Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Start-Up Lab at UCC provides participants with the opportunity to build and refine a robust business model over 6 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 Autumn 2019. For more information contact


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