Eimear O'Carroll and Rhona Togher are the sort of creative innovators who are desperately needed during our current economic slump.
A year ago the pair from Ursuline College in Sligo were part of a group that won a runner-up prize at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition for their work on the treatment of the hearing condition Tinnitus.
Since then Eimear and Rhona have teamed up with their school Physics teacher Andrew Carolan to set up a company offering treatment.The two Physics undergraduates provide treatment for those suffering from Tinnitus as a result of rock concerts, discos, or the use of MP3 players. Their company Restored Hearing treats the condition using Sound Therapy.
From this year BT is sponsoring a new programme that will provide selected exhibitions the opportunity to develop the knowledge they need to turn their ideas into commercial opportunities.