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UCC team flies the flag in Canada

Monday, May 19 11:54:59

Four postgraduate students from University College Cork, with the support of KPMG, have represented Ireland at the International Graduate Competition at the HEC Business School Montreal.

The Irish University was one of only 9 third level institutions selected globally to compete in the finals of this prestigious event. The highly selective field included teams from Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil and the USA.

The team from UCC was selected through a rigorous process to find the best in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing and Leadership.

The team members worked through 4 interrelated business cases to identify and address issues involving international entrepreneurship, marketing at various levels of business, human resources and management structure, and finances.

During their time in Montreal the team also met the President of the Irish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) in Montreal; Vivian Doyle-Kelly, the President of the Montreal St. Patricks Society; Paul Dunne and the Irish Consulate; Michael Kenneally.

The UCC team were also joined by the Coach of the University of Rochester Team from New York, David Tilson, who is originally from Belfast.

The UCC Team consisted of:MSc Student (Innovation), Specialising in Entrepreneurship: Eabha O'Leary Fitzpatrick. MSc Student (Innovation), Specialising in Management: Darragh McCarthy. MSc Student (Innovation), Specialising in Finance: Gavin McMahon. PhD Student (Chemistry), Specialising in Marketing: Stephen Stokes.

The team was coached by Dr. John O'Donoghue, a successful Entrepreneur and UCC graduate who holds a BSc and PhD in Chemistry. Dr. O'Donoghue is originally from Listowel, Co. Kerry, and has won multiple local and national awards for his research, printed media, PR, marketing, radio and leadership. In 2013 he appeared on Dragon's Den Ireland and won a large investment to build his company, Rewrite Science, from the ground up. In the same year he also won a scholarship from Enterprise Ireland to complete the national Entrepreneurship Development Programme, New Frontiers, which is an intensive 12 month business training course. More recently he was a finalist at the Cork Innovates Bursary Competition and he was also awarded the contract to run the NASA Space Apps Challenge in Ireland on April 12th and 13th, which was deemed an enormous success and involved multiple national and regional organisations.