Cork’s young en­trepreneur­s com­pete for €200k prize fund

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CORK’S best young en­trepreneur­s are gear­ing up this week for

Ire­land’s Best Young En­tre­pre­neur (IBYE) na­tional fi­nals, tak­ing place this Sun­day, Septem­ber 15 in Google HQ in Dublin.

One of those fi­nal­ists is Dar­ragh Lucey from Ovens.

Hav­ing stud­ied ma­chine learn­ing al­go­rithms while tak­ing his Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing de­gree in UCC, Dar­ragh de­vel­oped ‘Yooni’ along with his co-founder, Nathan. Yooni is a stu­dent en­gage­ment plat­form that helps Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tutes to in­crease an­nual stu­dent fee rev­enue by at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing stu­dents.

Yooni launched Car­pool Col­lege Cour­ses in 2019, pro­mot­ing 3rd level cour­ses through in­ter­ac­tive con­tent, and is work­ing on its course se­lec­tor and data col­lec­tions tools for higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes. Yooni have also par­tic­i­pated in the UCC IG­NITE Grad­u­ate De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme of which Cork County Coun­cil is a fun­der.

Their next prod­uct is a course se­lec­tor, which en­gages Yooni’s AI al­go­rithm to help stu­dents de­ter­mine what course they are best suited to. www.yooni.ie

Dar­ragh spoke pos­i­tively about the ex­pe­ri­ence: “IBYE has opened up so many doors for us at Yooni and we’ve met some re­ally in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple along the way. Get­ting the opportunit­y to com­pete among the top en­trepreneur­s in the coun­try is an opportunit­y we’re rel­ish­ing.”

An­other Cork fi­nal­ist, with a PHD in Early Child­hood learn­ing, is Wendy Oke, from Dou­glas, who cre­ated TeachKloud, a cloud-based man­age­ment and com­pli­ance plat­form that helps teach­ers spend less time on pa­per­work and more time on the de­vel­op­ment of the child (www.teachkloud.com)

This week­end, the 24 IBYE fi­nal­ists for 2019 will be com­pet­ing for a €100,000 prize fund across three cat­e­gories.

Dar­ragh Lucey, Ovens, is the co-founder of Yooni, an AI al­go­rithm.

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