Dr. Lisa O'Donoghue, Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010
UL wins third level Young Entrepreneurs Awards
UL researcher, Dr Lisa O'Donoghue is this year's third-level winner of the Young Entrepreneur Award. Dr. O'Donoghue claimed the prize for her recycling equipment developer for LCD displays in worldwide markets called Automated LCD Recycling (ALR). Currently no device exists in the market to address the recycling of millions of LCD screens. This system allows LCD monitors to be safely disposed of into valuable computer waste, providing a sustainable and eco-friendly solution.
Dr. O'Donoghue holds a first class honours degree in Materials Engineering and a doctorate in High Temperature Technology for Industrial and Aero Gas Turbines from the University of Limerick. Her background in metallurgy and material systems is key to understanding the LCD display waste stream. She currently heads up LCD recycling at the University which is funded by the EPA under the STRIVE programme www.ul.ie/marg
Dr. O'Donoghue was one of more than 120 participants from the Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT,Tralee) and the University of Limerick (UL) who took part in the Young Entrepreneur Programme this year, a joint initiative between IT, Tralee, Shannon Development and entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly.
"Over the past three years, 1,600 students and researchers have graduated from the Young Entrepreneur Programme and this number is set to increase to over 1,900 by 2013. The 'YEP' generation will be better prepared for the freedom and joy of entrepreneurship than any of those who have come before them. Thanks to the Programme, they will be given access to the concept that their future success is only limited by their imagination, and their hunger to learn new skills, to satisfy the global demand for better, faster, cheaper and more innovative goods and services," said Mr. Kennelly.
Eighteen finalists with business plans ranging from reptile breeding, designer rowing gloves and solar powered bag lights to an electronic medical receipts card, easily detachable horse riding spurs and a dvd study aid for scientific experiments, today put their ideas to the final test in front of a judging panel at the Malton Hotel.
The country's newest entrepreneurs were chosen by a panel of leading business people including Michael Dawson, CEO of Gift Voucher Shop; Nicola Byrne, MD and founder, 11890; Terry Mc Wade, Deputy CEO Royal College of Surgeons; Eddie Buckley, MD Aspen Connect and Jerry Kennelly.
UL researchers - participants in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme