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Student Entrepreneurship Awards 2024

Student Entrepreneurship Awards 2024

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ATU Student Entrepreneur Awards

More than 70 submissions were received from budding entrepreneurial students from across Atlantic Technological University (ATU) ahead of the upcoming Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards.

As part of an awareness campaign of the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards, ATU hosted a separate competition with a prize fund of €3150 being available for successful applicants. The competition prizes were generously sponsored by Local Enterprise Offices of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway; N-TUTOR and EU Green.

From the 70 that applied, twelve were shortlisted for awards, with the overall winner “Smoke Guardian” taking home an award of €500 with their idea Vibrating Smoke Detecting wristband for deaf, hard of hearing and elderly individuals.

1st “Smoke Guardian” Roisin McNulty , Aoife Costello, Gillian Donnellan and Katey Hayes.
2nd Galway duo, Pataire Crawford from Claregalway and William Dalton Moylough, with “Colic Detector”, a device strapped to horses to detect colic.
3rd Sarah Downes from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford with her product, “Miss Oaties”, an upcycled gluten free brownie mix.








JJ O’Hara
Sarah Cosgrove

On the day there were speakers from Ireland’s entrepreneurial network, Liam Kiely, Head of Enterprise in Local Enterprise Office, Sligo and Majella Maher, Senior Regional Enterprise Executive of Enterprise Ireland, Geraldine Beirne New Frontiers ATU Sligo – Donegal Programme Manager. Students also heard from entrepreneurs from the West of Ireland, Sarah Cosgrove – founder of blue economy software service company. JJ O’Hara, successful serial entrepreneur, shared his thoughts on the new opportunities that exist in the future construction industry.



The ATU Student Entrepreneur Awards ceremony will be hosted on the Donegal campus in 2025.

Another Entrepreneurship initiative – Student Inc, creates a further opportunity for students to continue to build and develop their business idea, with the support of expert mentors and business training.

If anyone would like to learn more about future ATU Student Entrepreneurship competitions and opportunities, please register your interest by emailing Eve – Anne McCarron at

Sean Gilbride
Denise Mulvaney

ATU is a proud partner of the EU Green European Alliance

Students wishing to explore opportunities in entrepreneurship sustainability across Europe were informed about the EU Green University Alliance – as part of an inspiration session which featured a further two local entrepreneurs – Sean Gilbride of Digifood, where he helps food manufacturers to streamline their product development and specifications and Denise Mulvaney, a UX consultant who helps fellow businesses to frame their problems for success.



If you would like to get in touch and learn more about EU Green and how it can be your gateway to sustainability please contact us by email

Find out more about the EU Green Alliance and our University Partners here –