Student Entrepreneur Awards 2023 Information Session

20 Feb 2023

On Wednesday 8th March we will be hosting a Student Entrepreneur Awards information session for UCC students interested in applying for the competition.

The Student Entrepreneur Awards gives young entrepreneurs a viable pathway to transform their smart ideas into commercial businesses.

In the online session, we will speak about the competition, the application process, the criteria, the prizes and share some tips and advice for preparing the 2-minute video pitch.

We will also be joined by past Award winners for the session who will share their experience and advice.

UCC students have won the overall award twice and won two runners up awards in the last three years. Annie Madden (BCL), co-founder of Fenuhealth, and Mark O’Sullivan (BE, Electrical & Electronics, PhD), promoter of Neurobell, have been overall award winners, while Marion Cantillon (BSc Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship, PhD candidate), founder of PitSeal, and Nick Cotter (BCL), co-founder of Cotter Agritech with his brother Jack, have won runners up awards.

You can register here for the information session.


Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards is open to third level students with an innovative business idea that has commercial value.

The competition offers:

  • €35,000 in cash prizes to fund the start-up
  • Business consultancy to develop the concept
  • Professional support to become an entrepreneur

There are three stages to the competition and the winners will be announced on 9 June.

  1. Submit 2 min video to showcase the ideas, highlighting commercial and export potential – 16 March
  2. Top 50 entries are asked to submit a business plan – 5 May
  3. Top 10 entries are invited to exhibit and present to judges – 8 June

UCC will host the finals and awards announcements on 8/9 June.

All details are available at



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