Brian O'Callaghan

BATThub

Course: Electronic Engineering

Year of study: 2nd year

College: Cork Institute of Technology

Business name: BATThub

Sector: Electronics/Energy

Business idea: A device that allows any charger to charge any battery

Plans for September 2020

Hopefully receive some investment, if so try to finalise my product with a view to certification. Then the next stage would be trying to commercialise it, which would involve securing interested partners in a joint venture type arrangement. If no investment is forthcoming, I may pivot toward a more academic / research type development path, as over the last few months I think I’ve developed a new and relevant technology that could have a wide field of application.

Student Inc. Programme Highlights:

Wonderful people leading the program. Actually I found the
staying at home situation was beneficial, as it allowed me vast amounts of
highly focused time to work on my device. That was a precious opportunity, and
having the money to not have to work lead to an incredibly productive few
months. The general atmosphere of mutual support from the other people on the
course.

Any previous entrepreneurship experience before you joined Student Inc.?

I once had a one-man carpet cleaning operation, made flyers, had ads, it went pretty well. I used to busk on the street a lot, does that count..

What connections did you make on the programme?

The person I had most in common with in terms of business idea was someone I already knew, so while I made some friends, not much in the way of people I would go into business with. I have a feeling Carole and Paul will remain fruitful contacts given their knowledge of entrepreneurial things. I began to make some contacts in the Nimbus, which I hope will lead to some collaboration.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to Student Inc.?

I would say think long and hard about your business idea, because it’s a lot easier to get through the programme if it’s something that excites you and that you actually want to develop.

What was your greatest learning from the programme?

I think now I have a pretty good general sense of how to filter product ideas that come to me in terms of what would be easy to present to investors, how to quantify ideas in financial and market terms.

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