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Student Profile: BIS student Adam O’Ceallaigh discusses launching his own business during a pandemic

By: Eoghan Hewitt | Posted on: 16 Apr 2021

Student Profile: BIS student Adam O’Ceallaigh discusses launching his own business during a pandemic

This forms part of an ongoing series of profiles with CUBS students, prepared by the CUBS Social Media team, and designed to fully portray the diversity and entrepreneurship of students in CUBS.

Adam O’Ceallaigh, a final year BIS student at Cork University Business School, has designed an IT system that will help local GPs administer Covid-19 vaccines.

Modelled on a booking system he previously developed for GP surgeries, where patients could reserve appointments for flu jabs, Adam’s IT solution promises to save clinicians valuable time as the country’s vaccination programme accelerates in the coming months.

“My system dramatically reduces call-taking administrative hours by over 2 hours, which enables those involved in call-taking to prioritize and give other more important jobs their due time and attention”

Having gained valuable experience during his internship with Wia, a software company based in Dublin, and helped small local businesses establish a digital footprint, Adam began to forge a career as a freelance web developer soon after the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ireland.

Quickly inundated with requests for help as business raced to establish an online presence during the early weeks and months of the crisis.

Commissioned by Fahd Baig, an equally entrepreneurial UCC student, Adam designed the online clothing store “FBFitted” and created an online platform that allows Anthony Courtney to showcase his work as a successful photographer and videographer.

Empathetic to the challenges faced by many small businesses across Cork city during the pandemic, Adam offers continuous support to clients as they embark on radical and rapid digitally transformations.

“During these tough times, people and other small businesses need to maintain and promote support for local small businesses to enable them to get through this period of uncertainty. I try my best to provide support and a platform which they can utilize to achieve this”.

With several successful projects under his belt, Adam is already ramping up plans to expand into the app development business in order to offer a complete digital package to clients in future. To view some of Adam's designs check out his website here.