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The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence was commissioned to conduct an independent evaluation of the PINC female entrepreneurship programme provided by the Rubicon Centre, CIT since 2011. The aim was to verify that the programme responds to the needs of the target group, to assess the impact and the effectiveness of the course, to explore areas of improvement for the course, and to gain insight into the needs of participants on completion of the programme. The final report underscores the positive contributions of the training programme and identifies some specific areas where the programme can be improved and expanded to enhance the impact of the programme.



The Hincks Centre has begun measuring the impact of entrepreneurship education intervention on specific programmes. The first programme measured was the European Creative Futures programme in 2014. In terms of the measurement, the impact analysis uses the findings from post programme evaluations and survey methodology and measures Entrepreneurial Self Efficacy (ESE) at two different points in time around an educational intervention (pre- and post-test). These measures have also been used for the Student Inc. Programme 2014, the ECF programme 2015 and will be implemented across a number of entrepreneurship modules and programmes over the next academic year.




The Apprentice competition ran for its fourth year as part of CIT’s Innovation Week 2015 and is run and organised by the School of Business. The idea is simple: engage and reward students with excellent ideas for smart phone apps. The competition objective is to engage as many students across the Institute as possible and therefore the competition is designed to be as easy as possible to enter. No technical, coding or expertise is required - not even ownership of a smartphone. The winner is the best app idea.

The competition was a tremendous success in 2015 with over 139 high quality entries from across the Institute including Computing, Social Care, Business, Multimedia, Engineering, Tourism & Hospitality, Nautical Science, Business Information Systems, Marketing, Accounting, and Agriculture.



This programme now in its seventh year and was originally born from two EU funded Intensive programmes with partners from UK, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. This is an innovative programme aimed at encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship and promoting business acumen, and entrepreneurial know-how among students from a range of disciplines, intending to pursue careers in the creative industries. The one-week programme of intensive study and practical learning allows 50 students to share experiences, points of view, and learn together, about entrepreneurship in the creative fields. Students come from a wide range of courses of study including Public Relations, Fine Art, Multimedia, Agriculture, Music, Theatre and Drama, Design, Business Information Systems, and Business.

From the outset, the students work in small multidiscipline, multinational groups, generating business ideas with a view to developing new products and services in the creative industries sector. Students learn by going through a series of interactive lectures, group discussions and workshops. They also carry out market research to identify target markets and pitch their ideas to local entrepreneurs. Ensuring it is not all work, CIT hosts organised a full schedule of social and cultural activities for the students which includes an Intercultural quiz, Irish Music Night, and a trip to Blarney Castle.




This initiative started by the School of Business is now in its third year bringing in 25 young entrepreneurs who learn entrepreneurial skills over a 5 day period. Some of the ideas included: an app to scan for music on radio stations, an underwater camera casing, a hover phone case, accessible disposable chargers and a kinetic energy powered charger.

The programme is usually over-subscribed and there are plans to expand the programme. The programme is free and is open to any student aged 14-16 Years old in Cork City and County Schools who is enthusiastic, motivated and wants to learn more about starting their own business. 


In 2013 CIT, IRUPA and Munster Rugby recognised the need to develop the skills of rugby players outside the sport, particularly, in the area of business. IRUPA and Munster Rugby aim to promote and protect the welfare of their members by endeavouring to safeguard their futures both on and off the pitch. With this in mind, IRUPA approached CIT to develop an enterprise and business focused course. The School of Business in conjunction with IRUPA and Munster Rugby, designed, developed and delivered a 30 week 20 credit Special Purpose Award entitled ‘Certificate in Enterprise Potential’.
The aim of the course is to provide participants with the skills to understand how an enterprise operates and the steps involved in turning an idea into a business opportunity. On completion of the course, participants would be sufficiently well informed to consider self-employment as a career option. The content and structure of the course was designed specifically around the needs of the players.

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