A team from Queen’s University’s school of computer science student has won the prestigious Cruickshank & Co Award at the All Island Student Enterprise Awards 2004.The Awards, organised and sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, Ulster Bank and Enterprise Ireland have a prize fund of over £28,000 and this year attracted 400 entries from students across Ireland.
A team from Queen’s University’s school of computer science student has won the prestigious Cruickshank & Co Award at the All Island Student Enterprise Awards 2004. The Awards, organised and sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, Ulster Bank and Enterprise Ireland have a prize fund of over £28,000 and this year attracted 400 entries from students across Ireland.
Postgraduate student, Arjun K Pai, a member of the team, won the award for developing the world’s first hand-held digital colour scanner. Called Scantura, the scanner has the potential to revolutionise the digital imaging segment of the consumer electronic market with its innovative features and miniaturised size.
The compact, lightweight device allows the user to scan a document in any direction and can store up to 20 pages of colour images or 1000 pages of text.
Congratulating Arjun, Gilbert Lyttle, Invest NI board member said: “A vibrant and sustainable economy depends on creating a culture that promotes and celebrates enterprise. Invest NI’s Accelerating Entrepreneurship Strategy and the related Go For It campaign represent our commitment to building a strong entrepreneurial culture in Northern Ireland.
“These awards are an important initiative, enabling students not just to develop their entrepreneurial skills but to create real business projects aimed at the establishment of a business. All the business plans submitted by students for the competition show creativity and innovation. It’s important that we provide the support and advice necessary to capitalise on that.”
This is the second year that the awards have been held on an all-island basis. More than 400 students from 20 colleges throughout Ireland entered the competition with projects in food, tourism, technology, manufacturing and biosciences.
Now in their 21st year, the Student Enterprise Awards are the longest running student competition ever. Over 10,000 students have participated in the competition developing over 3,000 business projects.
David Pierce, Director of Marketing – Inward Investment, Ulster Bank Corporate Banking & Financial Markets said: “The vision of these finalists demonstrates the great potential, the creative endeavours and the business opportunities which lie ahead for the youth of Ireland. Arujn’s project impressed the judging panel with its innovativeness and the strong business plan which he developed to demonstrate the potential of Scantura.”