Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019

Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019

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Submission Deadline for Applications: COB 27/02/2019

Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019 is a collaboration between Technological University Dublin, Dublin City Council and Local Enterprise Office – Dublin City which matches micro / small-medium enterprises in Dublin with teams of Final Year or Masters Level - University Students

TUD Students from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and cultures will work in teams of 4-5 with selected enterprises to help provide insights, identify opportunities and propose bespoke solutions to challenges that the enterprises face.

The types of entrepreneurship challenges that the students can work on include: innovation, new product/service development, business development, opportunity identification and evaluation, commercialisation, and new venture creation.

The programme will run from February – April 2019

 Benefits of participating

  • Bespoke Business Development Plan for your enterprise
  • Gain a fresh perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing your enterprise
  • Leverage the latest theories and principles of business practice
  • Gain valuable market research and insights
  • Innovate outside of your existing structure / budget constraints
  • No cost to the enterprise
  • Intellectual property rights and confidentiality are protected
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Enable talented students to gain relevant real-world experience 
  • Opportunity to screen potential talent


Role of the Enterprise

  1. Complete the Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019 – Application Form
  2. Propose an innovative business development project/entrepreneurship challenge for the student team
  3. Nominate a person from your enterprise to liaise with the student team and meet with them at least four times during the 7-week project timeline.
  4. Participate in a short post project survey for promotional and research purposes of the programme.

Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019 – Project Timeline

Project Phase:






Project Briefing

Preliminary Research & Planning Update

Project Review

Presentation of Business Development Plan


28 Feb - 08 March

11 March – 22 March

25 March – 03 April

04 April – 12 April


Meetings between the team and enterprise can be face-to-face or virtual and will be arranged between the enterprise and student team. It is recommended that the first meeting is a face to face meeting. Meeting will take place during each of the project phases noted above.

Meetings can take place at TU Dublin, Dublin City Council or at the enterprise location. Students are covered under TU Dublin insurance to visit enterprises / sites.  

It is intended to host a networking and award event for the students and enterprises who participate in Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019 at the end of the program. Pending agreement and approval from the enterprise regarding content - at this event, students would present a short project outcome pitch.


Enterprise Selection Process

Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019 is open for applications from registered enterprises that are trading and based in the Dublin City area. Preference will be given to existing Local Enterprise Office – Dublin City clients. The challenge is open to for-profit and non-profit / social enterprises.

Enterprises will be selected on the basis of the suitability of their proposed challenge in their application form.

Enterprises will be informed of their application status by the 28/02/2019

Submission Deadline for Applications: 17:00, 27/02/2019


Terms and Conditions

All projects are undertaken by a student team from TU Dublin

The Business Development Plans produced by the students will be submitted to the participating enterprise at the end of the program. These will be reviewed by TU Dublin confidentially to facilitate assessment / grading of the students project as part of their course.

Students participating in the program will sign a standard non-disclosure agreement designed to protect the commercial confidence and intellectual property rights of the enterprise.

Students’ participation in the program will be governed by the ethical research guidelines of TU Dublin.

The Enterprise is not obliged to accept or implement any suggestion proposed by the student team and accepts full responsibility for any consequences arising from the implementation of these suggestions. TU Dublin, Dublin City Council, Local Enterprise Office - Dublin City bear no liability for any losses, debts or negative impacts incurred by participant enterprises arising from implementing students suggestions, proposals and / or actions within the Business Development Plans. 


Further Information:

Technological University Dublin. TU Dublin, Ireland’s first Technological University, is where career-focused students, dedicated staff and academic excellence in science, the arts, business, engineering, and technology converge to create the leaders of tomorrow. We offer an inclusive and open learning experience with pathways to graduation from Apprenticeship to PhD. Our 28,500 students learn in a practice-based environment informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances.

TU Dublin welcomes opportunities for our students to collaborate with real-world businesses, identify challenges and opportunities, and leverage their studies to develop fresh insights and innovative solutions. ( https://www.tudublin.ie/ )

Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council is the Local Authority and the democratically elected body that governs Dublin City. It is the largest Local Authority in Ireland and provides a vast range of services. Through its Economic Development Office and the Local Enterprise Office – Dublin City it encourages and supports strategic economic and enterprise development in the city. ( http://www.dublincity.ie/ )

Local Enterprise Office Dublin City

The Local Enterprise Office Dublin City is a first stop shop for entrepreneurs and micro and small businesses. The office provides various supports and services to help start, grow and develop businesses in the Dublin City area. ( https://www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/ )

 Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019