FINAL year Ulster University Interactive Design student Emma Corbett has used her personal experience of type 1 diabetes to develop Insurin, an app to help guide people with a new diagnosis – winning the Belfast Business Idea Awards 2022 in the process.
Belfast-based entrepreneurs gathered at the Belfast Business Idea Award finalists’ night on Friday, May 6, at Danske Bank to hear this year’s winners announced.
A Belfast City Council initiative, supported by Danske Bank and Pacem Accounting & Tax Advisory, the competition is designed to unearth, recognise and help fast track the best business ideas in Belfast.
Five winners pitched their idea to an independent judging panel, with the overall winner being decided live on the night via audience vote. The overall winner secured a cash injection of £2,500 to help their business grow. Each of the five winners also received a support package worth over £3,000.
Speaking at the finalists’ night, overall winner Emma Corbett, from Insurin, said: “From my own experience as a type 1 diabetic, I understood that more could be done to guide and help those newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes physically, mentally and emotionally.
“Insurin started out as my final year project at Ulster University whilst studying Interaction Design.
“Then I realised it had a lot of commercial potential, but needed help to build both the product and business – which is why we entered
the Belfast Business Idea Award.”
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