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Prize for Innovation

The CIT Prize for Innovation is an annual competition held on CIT’s Bishopstown Campus. The competition awards cash prizes to those whose inventions and business ideas are judged most creative, novel, innovative, and likely to succeed in the marketplace. The competition is open to all departments within the Institute.

Prize for Innovation 2018 winners:

The winners Safely Snooze came up with an idea for Sleep Paralysis. The idea for the device is to help improve the lives of those who suffer from sleep paralysis. The device wakes the person up from an episode of sleep paralysis which will reduce the negative effects of sleep deprivation by breaking the cycle of sleep paralysis.

Picture L to R: Alice Brislane, Darren O’Sullivan, Niamh Savage, Jason Hawthorne, Darren Cremin, David Noonan, Dajana Black, Shane Guerin & Conor Cremin.

Prize Categories


€10,000 Cash Prize Fund

CIT Entrepreneur of the year €4,000

Best Pitch €500

Best Business Oppourtunity €1,500

Best Concept €1,500

Best Exhibition Stand €500

Social Innovation and Enactus Award €1,000

Presidents Award €1,000



Open to ALL students


Can be part of coursework/ project

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Prize for Innovation - Shortlisted students describing their ideas.



This is a short video with a representative of each group shortlisted for the Prize for Innovation describing their idea.

Prize for Innovation winner 2017: Dialast

Front to back: Orla O'Donoghue, Kate O'Sullivan, Kiran Shaju, Denis Hegerty and Cathal O'Sullivan students from Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering winners of the Prize for Innovation 2017. The students project - Dialast is a unique device created for diabetics, for delivery of insulin.

Prize for Innovation winner 2016: Vincent Forde

Vincent Ford, a Third Year Mechanical Engineering Student and participant in CIT's Student Inc. Summer 2015. Vincent won the Prize for innovation and title of CIT Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015. Vincent’s project was to improve patient safety in the clinical environment.

Prize for Innovation winner 2015: Cara Tremayne

Cara Tremayne, accepting the Prize for Innovation product, a Roll Out Vegetable patch has picked up a €4,000 prize and the title of CIT Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 prize for innovation.


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