The LINC (Learning and Innovation Centre) and ITB (Institute of Technology) joined business forces this week for a unique competition – ‘The Accumulator’ was open to ITB students and funded by The LINC and the Blanchardstown Centre. The wining team of Lynsey Bell, Megan O’Shaughnessy, Nicola McGuirk and Carolann Murray were presented with a cheque for €500 by Claire MacNamee, Enterprise Manager. A fantastic €1,250 was raised for Childline through the competition.
Through The Accumulator Competition, ITB students were invited to draft a half page proposal which had to be handed into The LINC Judging Committee by Tuesday 1st March. These proposals were analysed with the top four teams being chosen and presented with €300 seed capital and given one week to source and purchase their products, design their marketing strategies and then spend a day selling their wares at the Blanchardstown Centre. Each team were given a table, chairs and eight hours to sell their products with a profit €1,250 from the day are going to Childline with the biggest earning team of the eight hour selling period winning €500.
Claire MacNamee, Enterprise Manager, The LINC said of the Accumulator Competition, “The students of ITB did a fantastic job, purchasing products, coming up with marketing collateral and selling on the day. It was a great real-world experience which was aimed at promoting entrepreneurial endeavour at ITB and The LINC. The professionalism of the students was very impressive and the college are very proud of their achievement of raising €1,250 for such a worthy cause. We would like to extend our thanks to the Blanchardstown Centre who sponsored the initiative, for their kind support all year, every year.”
The winning team consisted of Lynsey Bell from Balbriggan, Megan O’Shaughnessy from Swords, Nicola Mc Guirk from White Chapel, Dublin 15 and Carolanne Murray from Ashbourne were selling two sided key rings for mother’s day with a message on one side, for example “no. 1 mum”, and a poem on the other.
The other teams were; Richard Reilly, Micheal Meegan, Elaine Colwell and Tom Delaney all from Navan selling royal country homemade jam made from fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, loganberries, apples, pears, blackcurrants, peach and plum along with other natural ingredients.
Vera Lee from the Navan Road and Yvonne Whelan from Carpenterstown decided they were not going to sell a product, but to sell a chance, a chance to win €150.00! Dressed as a leprechaun with a puck of coins, they sold guesses for €1 as to the amount of coins in the bag, each guess came with a lollypop and balloon and the lucky winner received €150.00!
Damien Earley from Donegal and Keith Phelan from Limerick were selling a range of bedding plants just coming into season. Each plant variety was about to bloom with attractive spring colours. Various arrangements were on offer, both in potted plant form or individual form. The plants used were hardy annuals such as Daffodils, Primulas, Pansies, Violas, Tulips and Carex varieties.