Cork Chamber and UCC launch Transition Year Business Awards 2014

Cork Chamber and the Faculty of Commerce in the College of Business & Law, UCC, have launched the annual Transition Year (TY) Business Awards for 2014, which is kindly sponsored by BNY Mellon, a global investments company and major employer in Cork.

Cork Chamber Chief Executive, Conor Healy said, ‘The Chamber is delighted to support these awards again in 2014. Ongoing supports and initiatives from businesses in education are key to instilling a greater interest and awareness of entrepreneurship amongst young people as a future career option.

‘The TY awards play a key role in encouraging and supporting young entrepreneurs in Ireland. The Chamber would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of BNY Mellon and looks forward to working with UCC in ensuring another successful year for the TY Business Awards Programme.’

Anne Wallace, Student Recruitment and Liaison Officer with the College of Business & Law, UCC, stated that ‘this competition provides students with an opportunity to explore the business environment in an innovative way.  In previous years, the quality of entries into this competition has been impressive and we hope that schools throughout the region will get involved.’

Heather Crowley-Kerr, Head of Fund Accounting at BNY Mellon said, ‘BNY Mellon is once again delighted to continue its support to the TY Business Award Project. We welcome the opportunity to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the next generation of business leaders.’

Students participating in the 2014 Transition Year Business Awards are requested to submit a 1,500 word project based on their experience of their school’s Mini Company/Enterprise.

This year, the judging panel are asking students to Review the Resources Available to a Start-Up Business and Comment on the Key Framework, Infrastructure or Resource Necessary to Grow Your Business. Projects must show creative and original ideas, tell the story of how their business developed and show how their business impacts on job creation.

Students should also to prepare a brief synopsis of their project to present at the awards ceremony in the event that they are chosen as prize-winners or highly commended. The prize for this year’s winning team is €1,000 for their school and €500 and €250 for those schools in second and third place.

The closing date for entries is March 20th 2014 and completed projects should be sent to   Anne Wallace, College of Business & Law, Room 3.03A, O’Rahilly Building, UCC with the prize-giving ceremony taking place in the Aula Maxima, UCC on the 9th April 2014.

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