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APPrentice Competition


The APPrentice Competition is an annual competition held every March as part of Innovation Week at Cork Institute of Technology. It is run by CIT’s Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence and is sponsored by the School of Business at CIT.

The Competition aims to inspire students to create new and interesting APP ideas. With over 20 categories to chose from (Education, Green/Eco, Games, Older Population etc.), students have the chance to win prizes for their efforts. Through this competition students from diverse academic disciplines are attracted to the entrepreneurial world and come up with ideas which might otherwise pass unnoticed.

The competition is open to all students from CIT (full-time and part-time), IT Tralee and FETAC students from Cork Colleges Progression Scheme; Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, St. John's Central College, Cork College of Commerce, Kinsale College of Further Education and CityNorth College.

Applications open in November with a closing date in February. Finalists are chosen from all entries. A team from Business Administration (BBAdmin) are then assigned to the APP Idea to design a poster to represent it. The finals take place in CIT’s Nexus Hall during Innovation Week. Winners and runners-up are selected by a panel of national and international judges. APP Ideas and posters are judged separately.

The following are some statistics from the APPrentice Competition 2020:


Of more than 120 applicants, 64% were Male and 36% were Female


Applicants came from 37 different fields of study with the highest volume from Electronic Engineering - 18%.
(Only the top 6 are shown here.) 


With over 20 categories to choose from, the highest volume of App ideas were focused on Lifestyle & Wellbeing - 15.6%.
(Only the top 5 categories are shown here.)


APPrentice competition 2020 wINNERS



Top Right - Best APP Idea: Garda Emergency, Srinivas Rengarajan
Top Left - Best Poster: Musician Directory, Emily Casey
Centre - Runner-Up App Idea: Form, Angela Johnson
Bottom Right - Runner-Up Poster: Boozehound, Clódagh Hartnett (pictured) and Claire Sugrue
Bottom Left - Special Award: Best Business Potential: Third Ear, Abbas Bracken

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