Two Waterford people awarded for business ideas

Two Waterford natives have received awards under the South East Technological University's start-up business programme.

The New Frontiers programme offers a supportive yet challenging environment to help entrepreneurs plan and launch their new businesses.

Rachel Power was given the Best Business Plan Award for her 'Power Privacy' idea.

Vikash Kumar was awarded the Most Innovative Idea for his 'LiChargiFi' start-up.


The two took part in the 2022 New Frontiers programme where entrepreneurs developed solutions ranging from renewable energy technology to GDPR compliance software.

A number of other programme participants were presented with awards in recognition of the significant progress made in advancing their start-up companies.

If you have a business idea that has the potential to be developed into a start-up company, the New Frontier programme may be of benefit to you.

It runs twice a year in both Waterford and Carlow over a period of six months.


Applications for the next programme are open now with the deadline being 5pm on September 14th.

It is based at the ArcLabs Innovation Hub on the SETU West Campus in Carriganore, Waterford.

The time commitment for Phase 1 is two evenings per week, starting on the 20th of September. It will be delivered online over a five-week period on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

For more information on the programme, see the New Frontiers website.

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