National University of Ireland Galway student Christopher McBrearty has won Enterprise Ireland's Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his company NanoDetect's early prostate cancer screening technology.
The announcement was made at Enterprise Ireland's Student Entrepreneur Awards 2019 in Cork.
McBrearty's advanced PSA screening technology can help doctors and hospitals improve detection rates of prostate cancer.
One of 10 finalists at the awards, McBrearty received a €10,000 student prize. He will also receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland as he continues to develop his concept for the market.
"Our core goal is to reduce patient waiting time with quick test results and to help educate and raise awareness around prostate cancer," McBrearty said.
Cork Institute of Technology's John Colbert, David O’Connor, Elise Kenneally and Michael Goggin (StomAssure), University of Ulster’s Jenny Gregg (Crafted Equestrian) and Technological University Dublin’s Daniel Izquierdo Hijazi, Sean Smith, Tara McElligott and Jose Lopez Escobar (Micron Agritech Limited) also received prize money - €5,000 each - for their concepts.
In addition to prize money, the winners will have access to a €30,000 consultancy fund to develop the commercial viability of their concepts.
"Students are no longer in the mindset of going to third level education to help get themselves a jobs," Richard Murphy, Manager for Micro Enterprises and Small Business at Enterprise Ireland, said. "Many are going to third level education to shape their job and to create three businesses they want to work in. The Student Entrepreneur Awards helps to foster that entrepreneurship."