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Head Impact Detection Technology Wins TU Dublin Battle of the Start-Ups

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Sports Impact Technologies, a developer of products to reduce unrecognised head impacts in sport, has been named the winner of TU Dublin‘s Battle of the Start-Ups competition.

The company, based at TU Dublin’s Blanchardstown campus, beat five other early-stage companies to the prize of €5,000 in cash plus a space at one of the TU Dublin incubators.

Each finalist presented for five minutes, with four minutes of questioning by expert judges. 

“We were delighted to have a huge number of entrepreneurial applicants of a very high standard this year. I congratulate Eoin on his strong performance and encourage the other finalists to use this unique opportunity for feedback to grow their ideas,” said Louise Phelan, chairperson of the judging panel.

It is estimated that 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sports season, which often go unreported and unnoticed leading to sportspeople experiencing long-term health implications.

In his winning pitch, Sports Impact Technologies founder Eóin Tuohy showcased a small wearable sensor that sits behind the ear of the player and relays data about any head impact, so they can become treated before it becomes an issue.

The technology can be used across all sports, for players of all ages and levels.

Sports Impact Technologies’ wearable sensors detects head impacts. (Pic: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Tuohy used his experience preparing medical equipment for Antarctic expeditions and developing novel lunar dust mitigation technologies with the European Astronaut Centre to establish the company.

“This prize will go a really long way for us at this point in time for our business; I intend to use the money to develop my [minimum viable product] to a stage where we can start piloting. I’d highly recommend for anyone to enter this competition,” said Tuohy.

“The process has been really beneficial, and I’ve met tons of people from businesses around Dublin and Ireland.”

Thomas Stone, vice president of partnerships at TU Dublin, commented: “Local Enterprise Week provides an important platform to raise awareness of the facilitates, programmes and supports available to start-ups in Dublin, and also to run events like Pitch Perfect to promote and reward promising start-ups in the region.”

Photo: Eóim Tuohy.

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