VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge Winners Announced!

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, featured student teams from around the world competed for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy at the Global Student Business Concept Challenge on September 2, 2010.

Grand Prize Winner:

Ecosy, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Team Members:  Vincent Murray, Colm Connolly

Ecosy, a wood pellet fueled patio heater, is Ethical Energy’s flagship product and is the only product of its type on the entire outdoor heating market. Wood pellet technology has been utilised to reduce fuel costs, increasing mobility and reduce environmental impact in comparison to current patio heaters.

This product aims to extend outdoor entertaining by meeting the needs of commercial and domestic users whilst simultaneously producing significantly lower carbon emissions than patio heaters powered by gas or electric. By implementing the Ecosy, commercial and domestic customers can reduce the operating costs by up to 50%. The Ecosy combines a high output power, matching and exceeding competitors’ products, while outputting significantly less carbon pollution.

More about Ecosy on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks


EasyCheck, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

Team Members:  Efrat Nel, Shahar Peled, Hadas Geva, Inbal Gutman

Imagine a reliable, easily-operated, non-invasive device that enables early detection of breast cancer, before the tumor evolves. The device suits all women, shows results in minutes, and is IP-protected. EasyCheck develops such devices for early detection of breast cancer.

More about EasyCheck on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks 

T2T, University of Kent, England, United Kingdom

Team Members: Sinan Assaf, Ben Giambrone

T2T is a revolutionary, convenient and safe method of paying for a taxi.  It enables the convenience of being able to pay for a taxi using a mobile telephone.

More on T2T on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the teams!

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The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge is made possible thanks to the generous Global Challenge Event Sponsors, including COTA, G.J. Hopkins Inc., HCA VA Health System, Interactive Achievement, Novozymes, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Rackspace, TechLab, and The Branch Group Inc.

Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Montgomery County, Virginia, Panera Bread, and Custom Catering will sponsor meals during the Global Challenge Celebration. 

Welcome bags presented to each student finalist are sponsored by University Bookstore/Volume II Bookstore, the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Virginia Tech Graduate School, the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech, and Mountain Lake.

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