Winners of the NI BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp Announced

June 25th 2015

The first ever Northern Ireland BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp took place this week at Queens University Belfast. The three day mentoring and skills camp was designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge to help them turn a project idea into a viable business opportunity.

Twenty six students from across Northern Ireland were selected to participate in the business bootcamp this week, all of whom participated in the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January. Over the three days the students were tasked with developing an outline business idea for one of five projects. Each team worked with dedicated BT Business mentors who coached them to develop their business plans and presentation skills.

The bootcamp culminated on Wednesday when the teams presented their business plans to a judging panel comprised of academics and senior business professionals.  The winning team presented a business idea called ‘eTap’ which is a measuring and timing device that reduces the amount of water flow and turns itself off after four minutes.

Pictured are the winning team: Niall Black from St Killian’s College in County Antrim, Killian McShane from Abbey Christian Brothers School in County Down, Lauren Mc Callion from St Mary’s College in County Londonderry,  Maria McAnearney from New-Bridge Integrated College in County Down, and Adam Toner from St.Colman’s College in County Down, along with judges Dr Juliana Early from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace and Paul Convery, Head of BT Business, Northern Ireland.

For more information on the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and how to get involved visit