Conor’s invention wins national award

Croke Park, Dublin was buzzing recently with over 250 enterprising students displaying an array of business ideas covering a range of industries. For these students the hard work started last September when they took a business idea from market research and followed it through to production, selling and record keeping, management and finally writing a comprehensive Business Plan detailing their activities.

One of these enterprising students was Conor Lynch, a Second Year student in the CBS High School, Clonmel. Conor has designed ‘The Spill Sill’ a collection tray which is attached around the top of a saucepan to prevent liquid overflowing onto the cooker. His product is made out of lightweight thermoplastic and Conor has it patented for protection.

It is a new, simple and cheap innovative product that has been endorsed by prominent chefs from L’Ecrivan and Ballymaloe. Conor has an investor interested in taking his product from prototype stage to production, with profit projections of €700,000 by 2017.

Conor was interviewed by three separate judges at the National Finals and it came as no surprise when it was announced that he was the winner of the National Best Innovation Award. He was accompanied to Croke Park by his parents Niall and Joanna Lynch and his Business teacher Martina O’Reilly.

According to Gavin Duffy of Dragon’s Den there are three categories of people: “Those who wait for things to happen, those who make things happen and those who wonder what the hell happened?”. It is easy to see what category Conor fits into.