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NCI team wipes out the competition at upStart

A team of MSc in Cyberscurity students from National College of Ireland has taken the top prize at this year’s Citi upStart accelerator programme.

UpStart is a team-based entrepreneurship programme run by Citi in Ireland. Teams of postgrad students from different universities propose start-up business plans, based on a new IT artefact. Each plan must be feasible and the teams have to improve their plans, together with Citi mentors, over a period of six months. Each plan is judged on novelty and marketability.

This year’s winning project, SolBot, is a cleaning robot for solar panels that can operate in any weather, potentially saving millions in lost energy each year.

“NCI greatly values Citi upStart, which is more than a competition, but an entrepreneurship programme that allows students to work with Citi mentors and bring their initial proposal to the level of a feasible business start-up,” said Dr Anu Sahni, director of innovation at National College of Ireland.

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