Enterprise & Innovation Week (1st-4th March)

Enterprise Society

Want to win €10,000? Come along this Wednesday, 23rd February B1040

1.30 – 2.00pm Carole Brenan Enterprise Ireland, will make a presentation

on the ‘Think Outside the Box’ competition.  You may already have a project completed that fits the criteria!   http://www.thinkoutsidetheboxawards.com/

Enterprise & Innovation Week (1st-4th March)

Twenty four free public events will be hosted during the second annual IT Sligo Enterprise & Innovation Week, which takes place from March 1st to 4th.

The event celebrates IT Sligo’s links with enterprise and the community, featuring the very best in experts on a range of subjects including, innovation, leadership, team building, female entrepreneurship, sales skills, and digital media marketing, in a series of free public sessions.

The Enterprise Society would like to highlight the following days:

 ‘Promoting Student Entrepreneurship’  (1st March) and events include a presentation from Larry Farrell, a leading authority and writer on international entrepreneurship, a Games Arcade, a seminar on Computer Clouding, an ‘Ideas Generation’ Workshop, and the Sligo VEC’s Dragon’s Den Final.

 ‘Bright Sparks’ Competition Launch (3rd March) From Bright Sparks comes the Ultimate Workspace Opportunity.  The competition will be launched by former Dragon’s Den Sarah Newman, in the new Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) space which will be located in the Innovation Centre ground floor.  .  In partnership with the Enterprise Society the student interns have developed and are set to launch the “Bright Sparks” competition. The first of its kind in the Institute,   the Bright Sparks is a competition to encourage IT Sligo students to submit a new business idea on line. The best idea will be selected using a voting process with the business idea with the most votes winning. The dedicated website is being developed in collaboration with a 2nd year Computing student who is designing it as part of his assessment for his final year exams. The “Bright Sparks” competition is set to launch during IT Sligo’s Enterprise and Innovation week 2011.  The aim of the ‘Bright Sparks’ competition is to support the development of new business ideas emerging from IT Sligo.  Students will only have to submit an idea and from their idea it is hoped that they will take the opportunity of working within the workspace provided and bringing that idea to reality.

For more events and to register log on to :


As part of Enterprise & Innovation week 2011 the Enterprise Society would like to highlight the Inventors Competition. There is a €1000 up for grabs!


See the above link for more details, any additional information should be sent via e-mail to innovation@itsligo.ie<mailto:innovation@itsligo.ie>no later than Wednesday 23rd February 2011.

Entries should include the following


Short description

      Application of the product

      How and why is the new product be unique

      Stage of development

      The next steps in the plan

      If successful how the prize money would be spent

Attachments may also be attached to the e-mail.

Applicants will be shortlisted to the top 5 entries and you must be available to present your invention in person at the Inventor’s Competition Final.  The Final will take place on Thursday March 3rd from 4 pm – 6 pm in A0006 of IT Sligo. The finalist will be judged by Sarah Newman – Entrepreneur and formally Dragons’ Den, Andrew Hodson – MD of Verus Precision, Seamus Farrell – MD of SF Engineering and Dr, David Tormey or IT Sligo.

We look forward to receiving lots of new ideas!

Cáit Keaveney

SIF/ACE Intern

Innovation Centre

IT Sligo

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