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Student team wins upStart awards

Student team wins upStart awards

Pictured at the upStart awards at Citi’s offices in Belfast are (left to right back row): Nathan O’Reilly, Citi; Dr Peter Middleton, Queen’s; Professor Siobhán Clarke, Trinity College Dublin; and Thomas De Souza, Citi.
(Front row) Conall Laverty from Queen's and Zhongtao Chen, Trinity College Dublin

A team of students from Queen’s has taken the top prize in an entrepreneurship programme run by Citi.

Woogie Tap, an interactive tag for downloading information instantaneously, was one of the winners of the inaugural upStart programme, which is run in partnership with the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s and the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin.

Teams of students studying for Masters degrees at both universities created their own start up business for a new technology product or service. Each business plan had to provide a real market prospect and teams competed with each other to win the opportunity for virtual funding from Citi for their business.

The seven finalists presented their business plans to a panel of judges from Citi, Cisco, Invest Northern Ireland and Microsoft. Each team had to convince the judges of the commercial strength of their idea and the team from each university who accumulated the most virtual funding was named the winner.

The winning team from Trinity College Dublin was Happy Snap, a consumer exchange website for goods.

Professor Stan Scott, Head of the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said “The partnership between Queen’s and Citi on this entrepreneurship programme is an exemplar of how academia and industry can work together to build the skills that are needed in the economy.  Throughout the programme academic work is complemented by Citi mentors who bring real world expertise to provide the students with an invaluable experience that will set them up for a great career in technology.”

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