2010 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Grand Prize Winner Update

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide. Annually VT KnowledgeWorks hosts a Global Partnership Event, which offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. In conjunction with this event, a Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge is offered where elite student teams present their business concepts before a live audience and judging panel for a $25,000 grand prize.

Read this update from our $25,000 Grand Prize Winner from the 2010 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge!

British flag$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2010
Ecosy, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Colm Connolly, Vincent Murray


Although Team Ecosy’s original concept, a renewable energy heating system, is not being pursued, Colm Connolly is in the process of launching a new business.  In 2015, Colm Connolly and his fiancé combined their talents and background in beef farming and sport, and food science respectively, to create a healthy and tasty beef snack. For 5 generations, the Connolly family has been farming in rural Ireland and Colm plans on diversifying their current farm operation, while producing a new, innovative dried meat snack.  Their five values of quality, innovation, community, commercial and natural, reflect what they are, how they do things, and where they are going. In September 2015, they applied to Monaghan’s Best Young Entrepreneur and won “Best Idea” and the overall grand prize, including a 10,000 euro grant which has been used to develop their brand, website, and secure IP (which is ongoing). They are in the process of re-branding their company, designing their website, and are in the final stages of completing their product packaging. They expect to launch in 2016, after IP is secured for their brand name.  First to market will be their cracked black pepper beef bites, followed by their honey BBQ beef jerky.

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