The Dragons Den competition is arguably Trinity Entrepreneurial Society’s (TES) biggest event every year; and this year was the most packed and competitive of them all.
C-Flood, an innovative start-up that allows people to visualise flood data, fended off five other start-ups to claim first place and as a result picked up a cheque for €7,500 at the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society’s Dragons Den competition.
The event aims to encourage students to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts and compete for the ultimate prize of seed money for their business.
Along with the prize money, the C-Flood team were also awarded a place in Launchbox, Tangent’s summer accelerator programme.
Speaking about their win, C-Flood’s founders Nick O’Brien and Niall Horan said, “The TCDs 2020 Dragons Den was a fantastic opportunity not just to showcase an idea but to work alongside other young brilliant entrepreneurs.
“Each team was really supportive, providing critical feedback on our ideas, pitch deck, and even future opportunities.
“With TES giving both structured support and the necessary motivational kick, we were delighted to have made the final and elated to take home first place. With the bar set so incredibly high by all participants, the future of TES and the start-up community of Ireland looks very bright,” they added.
Second place went to Doozy, a start-up that allows freelance content creators to save time and make more money with the help of an online platform. For their efforts, Doozy picked up €2,500 for coming second.
Shreya Pattar, founder of Doozy, said, “Everything about Tangent and TES has been such an exciting experience. I started off with the LaunchPad Sprints, and in just four weeks, the extensive mentoring and support of the teams at Tangent and TES have helped me bring Doozy to this level at a rapid pace.
“It was rather delightful to have had the opportunity to pitch alongside these fantastic teams, who have been wonderful as co-competitors,” she added.
The standard of competition was incredibly high this year with each idea aimed at tackling a different issue.
Divorshe aimed to make the process of divorce easier for women through their online service, while Rezero tackled food waste by bringing reusable food containers to an industry drowning in single use packaging.
The last two teams were NeuroRehab, which wants to improve the lives of wheelchair users through sensor-based technology, and ReactEmo, a content quality-measuring product for content creators, which measures emotional responses from viewers.
“The student start-ups in our competition this year were tackling some of the great challenges of our times,” says Kate Fullen, president of the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society.
“We’re likely to see some, if not many, of these students making their mark in the Irish entrepreneurial ecosystem in the years to come. For TES, it’s a privilege to work with these teams and to support them in any way that we can,” she finished.
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By Stephen Larkin
Published: 27 February, 2020