NovaUCD announces winners of Student Enterprise Competition
Jun 23, 2020
The winning team. Image: NovaUCD
The winning start-up is a team working to build an online platform to support student engineers participating in the annual Formula Student racing event. Earlier this month, we took a look at 11 start-ups competing in NovaUCD’s Student Enterprise Competition, which was held online this year due to restrictions put in place to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, after the start-ups participated in a four-week online mentorship programme, with workshops and classes led by experts, the winner of the competition has been named. A start-up called Formula Training, which was founded as part of UCD Formula Student has won the top prize at this year’s NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition and will be awarded a €5,000 cash prize for its efforts. UCD Formula Student is a team of more than 50 University College Dublin (UCD) engineering and business students who have worked together to build an electric Formula-1 style car to compete in the Formula Student competition, which is held annually at the UK’s Silverstone Circuit. Formula Student, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018, is organised and run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and attracts more than 100 university teams from around the world each year. The winning team
Formula Training was launched by three members of the UCD Formula Student team – Peter Gately, Kelly Kaulsay and Scott Mulligan. All three are undergraduate students in the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Formula Training is developing an online subscription-based platform for global Formula Student teams to learn the fundamentals they need to contribute to and compete in the Formula Student competition. Gately commented: “Teams in the Formula Student competition spend thousands upon thousands of hours each year designing, financing and building their race car. Despite this, there is no formally established product or service available to help teams to train new recruits, or to guide new teams taking part in the competition.”
While this year’s Formula Student event has been cancelled due to Covid-19, the team said that they are focused on working on next year’s entry, as well as the start-up solution they have developed over the last few weeks. Kaulsay added: “With Formula Training, we are developing a customisable platform for teams taking part in Formula Student. We are creating a platform with a dedicated video lecture bank, articles and advice forums related to the competition. “Competing teams will be able to privately upload their own content, for their own team members, to supplement our content, and thus solidify our platform as the universal learning environment for Formula Student teams.”
Mulligan, who worked alongside Gately and Kaulsay said he is “delighted” to have won this year’s NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition. He said that the cash prize will enable the Formula Training team to create many hours of video content for the platform. Runners up
While UCD Formula Student’s solution took home the main prize, two other start-ups took home second and third place, winning €3,000 and €2,000 in cash respectively. In second place was Uni21, which is developing an app that transforms students’ lecture material into multiple choice questions (MCQs) and allows students to play against their fellow classmates, to promote active learning and enhanced memory retention. Uni21 was set up by Garreth Byrne, Ashwin Manikandan and Matthew Clarke. The third place prize went to Daysier, which is developing a recommender systems-based app to provide people who work remotely with personalised workday schedules, including breaks, taking into consideration their individual work styles and preferences, as well as their weekly workload. Daysier was set up by Ciara Feeley and Courtney Ford, who are both PhD students in the UCD School of Computer Science. All other participants in the competition have received a €1,000 cash prize for completing the programme. One of last year’s participants, Charlie Gleeson, recently made headlines after his start-up Zipp Mobility raised €300,000 in seed funding.