New Frontiers Showcase Awards for ATU Sligo – Donegal 2024

The additional eleven graduates are:

Michaela Eperjesiova, The Ocean Apothecary, Donegal
Natural handmade skincare for salty seekers, restoring hydration and conquering dryness and tightness after saltwater exposure with their ocean friendly formula. 

Ellenmaeve Bergh, Green Dream, Sligo
Healthy, plant based cheese cakes and confectionery sold frozen and fresh, free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy.

Conor Greene, Fuze, Sligo
Fuze connects talented Youtubers with brand partnerships so they can increase revenue and fully focus on creating Youtube content.

Christina McAlinden, Laniveen, Donegal
Laniveen™ meaning “tiny baby” is offering a patent-pending medical garment designed exclusively for Neonatal Intensive Care Units to help address low breastfeeding rates and limited skin-to-skin time for preterm babies.

Aisling Kelly Hunter, Sligo
Pickled Oysters.

Andy Colleran, The Gym Advisors, Sligo
The Gym Advisors help time poor individuals achieve their fitness goals by matching them with their ideal personal trainer or online coach for free in as little as 24 hours.

Zain Ali, Freshcheck, Donegal
A technology company focused on developing innovative solutions for sustainable food waste management.

Stephen Harvey, SavvySpender.ie, Donegal
Advice, offers & tools to help people save on their weekly shopping.

Ultan Murphy, Superself, Sligo
An Interpersonal Skills Coaching App which utilises proven performance psychology techniques to enhance self-confidence, empowering success for the individual and their employer.

Andrew Flynn, Feln Engineering, Sligo
Tree felling device.

Arden Reilly Counihan, Guitar Cards, Sligo
Learn how music works with colourful card games and interactive exercises. Guitar Cards make understanding the heart of music more fun and accessible.

Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme is delivered through ATU Donegal and Sligo and is the National Entrepreneur Development Programme with a support package worth €40,000.

The programme’s primary purpose is to accelerate the development of sustainable new businesses that have strong employment, growth, international potential and contribute to job creation and economic activity in the region.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Orla Flynn, President of ATU said. “The embedding of Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme within ATU is critical to balanced regional development. Participants of the programme are playing a significant role in the indigenous business community – driving the region’s economy forward.

We hope that you will continue to link in with the services of the university after you leave the programme to help drive your businesses forward”.

Paula Carroll, New Frontiers National Programme Manager also attended the awards and described New Frontiers as “a truly national programme with significant regional outreach and global export potential.”

Guest speaker at the ceremony was Declan Sweeney of Campus Connect.

CampusConnect provides a bespoke, white-labelled digital community service for leading business schools and universities. Declan was a participant of the New Frontiers programme back in 2014. He gave insights into the challenges he has faced, from making that first sale to bootstrapping a scalable tech product, and how he overcame them. He also gave some key learnings on business issues such building a team, availing of supports and deciding when/how to access funding.

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