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Student Wins €10,000 with Tidy Shower product at NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards
Sean Mc Garry, a 3rd year NUI Galway student studying Physics with Advanced French for Science from Westport Co. Mayo, has won the top prize of €10,000 in this year’s NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. His company, “The TidyShower Co.”, has designed a range of contemporary bathroom accessories which solely focus on minimizing clutter and maximizing experience, thereby helping to breathe joy back into your shower time.The founder of “The Tidy Shower Co.” was presented with his prize by local entrepreneur Pat Divilly and judging panel member Dr Aidan Daly together with NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne and NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Declan Higgins.
The competition which is an initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union is supported by NUI Galway and seeks to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students. In its five years, the competition has attracted entries from students studying a variety of subjects.
The two runner-up prizes of €5,000 each were awarded to “The Creative Native” and “Safe Farming Solutions”. “The Creative Native” is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.
“Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Safe Farming Solutions”.
Pat Divilly, who spoke at the awards ceremony said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to speak at the SU Enterprise Awards. Setting up a business and going after a vision can be the most rewarding journey but can also bring massive challenges and even self-doubt. It’s important that young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged and mentored to instil confidence and belief in them. The SU have done a brilliant job in putting this event together and it was a brilliant evening”.
NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Declan Higgins said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. They show that students are both able and willing to create the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted to be in a position to facilitate some of these ideas as they take their first steps. I have no doubt but that we are working with the leaders of the future.”