Student Synergy Awards

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:

Rory McNeill – Enterprise Support Officer

Synergy Centre, IT Tallaght, Dublin 24
Email :

Apply Now – Register / Expression of Interest

CASH Prizes to be won! 

Innovation Applications to be submitted by Friday 3rd Nov 2017


Getting Started

Key Dates 2017/18:

Innovation Awards: 2017
Sign-up Registration Days October & November 2017
Innovation Idea Submissions Friday 3 November 2017
Shortlist  Announced Thu 9 November 2017
Innovation Pitching  & Final Selection Thu 23 November 2017
Business Plan/Video Submission Workshops

1: Market Research/Customer Proposition
2: Lean Canvas Workshop
3: Business Plan Workshop
4: Video Presentation Worksop

Four Half-day workshops in December 2017 & January 2018

Week commencing 4th December 2017
Week commencing 11th December 2017
Week commencing 22nd January 2018
Week commencing 29th January 2018

Business Plan & Video Submissions  Thu 23 February 2018
Student Entrepreneur Showcase Event Thursday 1st March 2018
EI Video Applications Fri 16th March 2018
EI National Finals TBC June 2018

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


THE FINALS: Up to €10,000 in cash prizes to be won and much more… Come and see who wins!

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 IT Tallaght students
Individual or teams may apply.
Individuals on the Innovation Awards may ‘form teams’ for Business Awards and workshops will support teambuilding opportunities

  • All IT Tallaght 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