The Alltech Innovation Competition returns for its fourth consecutive year on April 12, 2016. The competition hosts teams of international and national students from universities across Ireland to present their forward thinking business plans on innovative ideas in agriculture, food/beverage and the environment.
This competition celebrates entrepreneurship and the impact of cross-functional teamwork in business development. With a total of €9,000 on the line, the competition seeks to address challenges in everyday agribusiness. The winning team receives €4,000 to invest in their business and feedback from industry experts.
Last year’s winning team from University College Dublin consisted of students Catherine O’Connell, Rebecca Fitzgerald and Shannon Coco, presented their innovation, Moo Shoe. This creative footwear provides a preventative solution to lameness in cows. “The average cost of lameness per cow in Ireland is a staggering €283, whereas the Moo Shoe ensures infection-free and injury-free hooves for a minimal cost per cow,” said Rebecca Fitzgerald. The Moo Shoe is made from durable antifungal polyurethane and rubber. The shoe slips neatly over the cows hooves, removing the need for glue or nails whilst preventing lameness.
The participating universities in the Alltech Innovation Competition, Ireland 2016 include:
- Dublin City University
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- Maynooth University
- Trinity College Dublin
- University College of Dublin
- University of Limerick