DkIT Engineering Student Scoops Major Prize at the National Student Entrepreneurship Awards 201822 June 2018
DkIT Engineering Student, Warren Stevely (22) of Scotstown, Co. Monaghan has been announced as the winner of the Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys’ High Achieving Merit Award at the recent Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2018.
Warren is a fourth year student on the BSc (Hons) in Engineering Entrepreneurship in DkIT and was awarded the prize for his project ‘Acidose 1’, a device which was designed in accordance with new EU regulations aimed at eliminating the use of antibiotics in the poultry industry’.
Describing his project, Warren said
“Acidose 1 is an electronic device that regulates the pH of the poultry water supply with complete accuracy. Lowering the pH helps food producers prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the chicken’s gastrointestinal tract which can lead to digestion problems and other common diseases in the animals.”
In additional to the €5,000 cash award, Warren will receive mentorship and professional Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorney’s relating to areas such as Intellectual Property (IP) rights and patents.
“The mentorship will be particularly useful as I try to set up my business. I hope to start manufacturing the device and I am seeking to secure patents. The additional funds will be invested back into the business to help get me up and running as soon as possible”.
DkIT President, Dr. Michael Mulvey congratulated Warren on the achievement saying,
“This is a wonderful achievement for Warren and we are immensely proud. His innovative idea was selected out of more than 1,000 submissions from third level students in colleges all over Ireland. His product could truly revolutionise the poultry industry and it is clear that Warren is an entrepreneur in the making with a bright future ahead.”
Warren was supported by staff in the Schools of Engineering and of Business & Humanities, he commented.
“My studies at DkIT provided the foundation I needed to come up with this design project. My Level 7 degree in Electrical Engineering gave me the skills and knowledge to build and understand electronic devices. I then completed the Level 8 Add-On in Engineering Entrepreneurship which introduced me to the key building blocks for starting a new enterprise such as sales & marketing, finance and product design”.
This year celebrates the 37th year of the prestigious Student Entrepreneur Awards which is led by Enterprise Ireland and is co-sponsored by Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys and Grant Thornton. The awards are open to all third level colleges across Ireland. The Student Entrepreneur Awards are part of a major national drive aimed at encouraging students to recognise entrepreneurship as a viable career option.
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