Student Synergy Awards

Student Synergy Awards


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Have you a great business idea?

Would you like the chance to set up and run your own student business with your class mates while at college? If the answer is Yes, the Synergy Students Enterprise Awards are for you. Not only will the awards give you the opportunity to develop your business idea but you can win some great prizes in the process!

It is a great opportunity for ambitious & enterprising students to build a real-world business venture.

The Enterprise Awards will get students thinking about business ideas which they can potentially use as a career option when they graduate. If you’d like to talk to and for more detail contact:                 

Sinead Reddy – Enterprise Support

Synergy Centre, ITTDublin, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Email :

Apply Now - Register / Expression of Interest 


CASH Prizes to be won! 

Innovation Awards 2017 : Application- submit by Thu 26th Oct 2017 

FINALS 2018 : Business Plan -  submit to  by Mon 3 Apr 2016 



Getting Started


Provisional Dates 2017/18:

Innovation Awards:


Sign-up Registration Days 

October & November 2016

Innovation Idea Submissions    

Thu 26 October 2017

Shortlist  Announced

Thu 2 November 2017

Innovation Pitching & Final Selection

Thu 16 November 2017

Business Plan/Video Development Workshops

 Decemeber 2017/

 January 2018

EI Video Submissions

 Thu 8 February 2018 

Business Plan submissions

 Thu 8 February 2018

Student Entrepreurs Showcase Event

 Thu 22 February 2018

EI Video Applications for National Awards

 16 March 2018

EI National Finals

 TBC (June) 2018


We have a range of supporting workshops to assist in all stages - please register online 

Innovation Awards: Total of €750 in cash prizes to be won

Download the Innovation Awards Application 

DATE: Thu 8 December 2016

TIME: 14:00 - 18:30 TBC

VENUE: Synergy Centre - Ground Floor 


THE FINALS: Up to €5,500 in cash prizes to be won & an Ipad Mini and much more... Come and see who wins! 

Download the Business Plan Template

DATE: Wed 26 April 2017 TBC

TIME: 09:30 – 15:30

VENUE: ITT Dublin - Main Campus Foyer - Ground Floor


Outline: 09:30 – 15:30    

 9:30 - 10:00 Each team will have a stall/stand in which to set-up a presentation.

10:00 - 11:00 Judges meet each team at their stands (approx.5 mins)

11:30 - 13:30 Each team will do a brief pitch 'Dragons Den style' to the judges (approx.10 mins).

13:30 - 15:00 Judges Deliberations

15:00 - 15:30 Speeches & Awards


Key Contacts:

Rory McNeill – email:  t.01 404 2083

Starting Point:

Starting a company is a riveting roller coaster of emotions with tremendous highs and at times, difficult lows. The Synergy Student Awards are an excellent learning curve and introduction to the world of Entrepreneurs.

Idea Generation

This is probably the most important stage of the project because it is easier to make profit from a good idea than a bad idea. Remember you don’t have to invent the wheel to come up with a winning idea. The best business idea often involves doing something slightly different or innovative with an existing product or service. Look around you at everyday items and think what you could do with an item to make it appealing to a segment of the market


Organise your group to cover the different business areas, normally production, marketing, finance and reporting. Do your market research to see if the market will want what you intend to provide and set out a plan to organise how and when you will make and sell your product or service.


Your product/service has to sell if you want to make money, so think carefully how you will promote it to potential customers and how you will win sales. Try and sell to customers outside your college environment, if possible.


Prepare for the college final by ensuring that you have good display materials for your stand and importantly, a good business plan that provides a summary of everything you did as a group and a financial record in relation to sales, expenses, profit/loss, etc

Watch the video!


Who Can Enter

It is open to Full and Part-time ITT Dublin students
Individual or teams may apply.
Individuals on the Innovation Awards may ‘form teams’ for Business Awards and workshops will support teambuilding opportunities


  • All ITT Dublin Students; Full-Time & Part-Time, can enter the competition
  • We are seeking from you…
  • Innovation – a new idea providing either a new product or service
  • Individuals or Teams can apply – Individuals on the Innovation Awards may form 'teams’ for the overall Finals in Business Awards and workshops will support teambuilding opportunities. You can have many more in your team which may include a mix of full & part-time students and/or other external expertise where warranted in your Innovation Awards proposal and final Business Plan and presentation stand.
  • Please discuss with your tutors about applying and perhaps tying into your Continous Assessment (CA). 

  • If you don't have an innovative idea of your own but would like to be involved, be part of a team, and win a prize - where possible we will assist in matching students across schools/departments..

  • Remember: Winners are innovators!

Apply Now

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