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NWRC student wins the 2016 FSB Award Posted on 09/12/2016 00:00:00 Celebrating Success with the Future Students of Business Junior Minister Alastair Ross MLA yesterday presented the ‘Future Student of Business Awards’ to students from across each of the six Further Education Colleges in Northern Ireland. North West Regional College student Daniel Gallagher, who has devised a smart app to turn off electronic appliances when their user falls asleep, walked away with the overall award and £1,350 in prize money. Conscious of both the potential energy savings, and the reduced risks of devices overheating if left on for longer periods, Daniel plans to use his award to work with app builders to develop his project and integrate it within sports watches and devices that already monitor their owners’ heart rates.

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Presenting the prize to the overall winner Minister Ross said: “These awards are an excellent opportunity for further education students to gain recognition for their business skills and their future potential for business success. Entrepreneurship is of vital importance to the economy and it is only right that it is recognised and rewarded.

“I am delighted to see this collaboration between the Federation of Small Businesses and our local FE Colleges, both of whom are pivotal to the development of a strong and vibrant economy. Encouraging an entrepreneurial approach to their work, and building students’ confidence to pursue self-employment as a viable alternative to seeking a job elsewhere, is crucial if we are to increase the number of businesses created here in Northern Ireland.”

Gerry Campbell, Colleges NI Chief Executive, said: “I was delighted with the standard of applications this year which is testament to the dedication, hard work and professionalism of the lecturers across our six regional FE colleges. The awards are testament to the excellent work in the sector in terms of fostering the spirit of enterprise and giving learners the skills they need to become the successful entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  The judging panel, from Colleges NI and FSB, described the winning business idea as an ‘innovative approach’ which demonstrated ‘great business understanding’, with clear and ‘substantial market research’ which ‘combined a range of existing technologies into a new solution’.” 

Federation of Small Businesses, Northern Ireland Regional Chairman, John Friel said: “I was delighted that the standard of entrants this year was once again so high, demonstrating the real quality of entrepreneurial talent being cultivated within our FE Colleges.  I would like to congratulate Daniel once again on winning the overall prize, in recognition of the fact that his business idea was not only scalable but also had export potential.  I would also like to commend all of the finalists whose exhibitions really impressed us all on the judging panel, with many exciting new business ideas that assure me that the future of Northern Ireland business is secure in the hands of these student entrepreneurs.”


Click Flickr  for a copy of all photos from the event

BMC finalists

Harvey Moffat, FSB  
Grainne McGowan, Belfast Met
Gerry Campbell, Colleges NI
Belfast Met Finalists - Adila Marzougui, Lucia Toderova and Hayley Kemp.

NRC finalists

Stephen Price, NRC
Marlene Marcus, FSB North East Branch
Gerry Campbell, Colleges NI
NRC finalists – Lauryn Kelly & Caol Small 

NWRC finalists

Galvin Dobson, NWRC
Philomena Friel, FSB Western Branch
Gerry Campbell, Colleges NI
NWRC finalists - Joanna Munoz, Daniel Gallagher &  Christopher Stewart

SERC finalists

David Cunningham, FSB Belfast South Representative
Eddie Forrester, SERC 
Gerry Campbell, Colleges NI
SERC Finalists – Catherine Martin, Adam McKee and Holly Anne Rydout

SRC finalists

Fiona Bradley, SRC
Aubrene Willis, FSB Belfast South Representative
Gerry Campbell, Colleges NI
SRC Finalists – Timothy Burke, Christopher Dougan and Enya Meehan

SWC Finalists

Karen Rennie, FSB Western Branch Representative
Amanda Moss, SWC
Gerry Campbell, Colleges NI
SWC Finalists – Victoria Robinson, Eoin Holland and Julie Gilkinson

Overall Winner - Daniel Gallagher (NWRC)

Glyn Roberts, Chair of Colleges NI
Junior Minister Alastair Ross MLA
FSB Winner 2016  - Daniel Gallagher, NWRC
Leo Murphy, Principal NWRC
Gerry Campbell, CEO Colleges NI
John Friel, Regional Chairman, FSB Northern Ireland 

Highly Commended - Adila Marzougui (Belfast Met)

Junior Minister Alastair Ross MLA
John Friel, FSB 
Highly Commended FSB Winner 2016  - Adila Marzougui, Belfast Met

Media Winner - Southern Regional College (Raymond Sloan, Deputy Director receives award)

John Friel, FSB
Raymond Sloan, SRC
Gerry Campbell, FSB

Winning Media Video
Click SRC Video

List of all Finalists

Click  FSB Brochure - 2016 FINAL.pdf

All College Videos

Click - FSB 2016 Videos


  • The 17 winners from across the six regional FE colleges were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 8 December at the Stormont Hotel.
  • The overall winner was Daniel Gallager from North West Regional College
  • Further pictures and details of the other finalists are available on request.
  • For further information please contact:
    • Karen Lennon, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Colleges NI on 028 90 684952 or
    • Mairaid McMahon, Development Manager, Northern Ireland, Federation of Small Businesses on 07917 628 994 or


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