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Minister Damien English announces tech innovation and start up awards for Irish universities

Published 09/09/2015 | 19:41

9/9/15 Pictures at the launch of the Spiders Fusion Awards at the Royal College of Physicians were: Minister Damien English and Robert Pitt, Chief Excutive INM. Picture:Arthur Carron
9/9/15 Pictures at the launch of the Spiders Fusion Awards at the Royal College of Physicians were: Minister Damien English and Robert Pitt, Chief Excutive INM. Picture:Arthur Carron
9/9/15 Pictures at the launch of the Spiders Fusion Awards at the Royal College of Physicians were: Minister Damien English, Eavann Murphy (Chief Commercial Officer, eircom Business Solutions) and Ian Hyland (CEO, Business & Finance Media Group). Picture:Arthur Carron

A new technology awards programme for third level universities has been announced.

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Minister Damien English made the announcement earlier this evening at a gathering of Ireland's top 100 technology companies.

9/9/15 Pictures at the launch of the Spiders Fusion Awards at the Royal College of Physicians were: Minister Damien English (centre right), Robert Pitt, Chief Excutive INM (right), Eavann Murphy (Chief Commercial Officer, eircom Business Solutions) and Ian Hyland (CEO, Business & Finance Media Group). Picture:Arthur Carron
9/9/15 Pictures at the launch of the Spiders Fusion Awards at the Royal College of Physicians were: Minister Damien English (centre right), Robert Pitt, Chief Excutive INM (right), Eavann Murphy (Chief Commercial Officer, eircom Business Solutions) and Ian Hyland (CEO, Business & Finance Media Group). Picture:Arthur Carron

The Spiders Fusion Awards will launch later this month, and will place a particular emphasis on student led initiatives that aim to disrupt current technology trends and advance innovation in media, digital and technology.

The awards are an extension of the eircom Spiders Awards Programme which has been awarding technology excellence for more than 20 years across the business community and in schools with the Junior Spiders.

Mr English, who is Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, said: "Growing the number of successful entrepreneurs and start-ups is, and will continue to be, hugely important for Ireland’s continued economic development and growth. I commend programmes like the Fusion Spider Awards that play a vital role in engaging with young people and help to foster an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship."

The awards aim to celebrate innovation and digital excellence and start-up endeavours across third level educational institutions in Ireland.

Students, companies, and college societies across all third level institutions in Ireland will be eligible to enter the national awards programme and can register their interest at www.thefusionawards.com.

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