Innovative CIT student Vincent Forde has won two leading business awards within a week — CIT Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 and Accenture Leader of Tomorrow 2016.

The mechanical engineering student is working with Cork University Hospital to develop his company, Gasgon Medical.

Patents are pending for his service, a degassing solution for flowing fluids.

Vincent’s €4,000 CIT first prize was one of €10,000 in cash.

Principal awards sponsors were Local Enterprise Offices Cork, and EMC.

“I feel honoured to have won CIT Entrepreneur of the Year and am looking forward to continuing to grow my business over the coming years,” said Vincent, from Carrigaline, Co Cork.

“I had great support from CIT, from the Rubicon, and from medical staff in CUH.

“Winning a place on the Student Inc programme last summer gave me a place in the Rubicon Centre, which was instrumental in developing my business.

“In the engineering department we are constantly challenged to explore the social benefits of our technical skills and supported in converting those innovative ideas into viable businesses.” The CIT APPrentice of 2016 is Aoife O’Sullivan, whose Face It app idea aims to help people on the autistic spectrum to read facial expressions. A final year electronic engineering student, she starts a new job with Qualcomm in September.

Other app prizes went to Robin Guiton’s Music Buddy, Dermot Sheehan’s Quick Prescription and Sara Alberola’s Goodies food app.

The Most Innovative Award of €2,000 went to a group of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering students for their project H-Flo 1, a safety device which enables a worker to detach from a crate or platform if the H-Flo device becomes submerged in water.

The Best Business Plan award and €1,500 went to Safe Release Hook, a construction sector safety hook mechanism. The best presentation pitch award of €1,500 went to KazooCare, a forum to stimulate discussion on early childhood education and care services.

The winner of the best exhibition stand, and €1,000, was Shelve Tech.

Winners of the Enactus CIT Social Innovation Award and €1,000 were Alex Sheehan, Eoin McCarthy and Myat Min.


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