Queen’s trio scoop US prize
Three graduate engineers from Queen’s University have steamed away with first prize in a global entrepreneurship competition with their innovative patio heater.
David Crudden, from south Belfast, Vincent Murray from Ballygowan, and Colm Connolly from Co Monaghan, scooped the $25,000 first prize in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Challenge in the USA.
Collectively known as My Ecosy, the trio, who graduated from Queen’s with degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering this summer, impressed the judges with their Ecosy heater, which is fuelled by renewable wood pellets.
The initial prototype was created by a previous team of students and was developed by this group as a final year project.
Vincent Murray, who is also Queen’s Student of the Year 2010, said: “We knew we had a good product and a strong business case, but we were up against teams from across the world, and the standard of competition was really high, so we were both delighted and rather shocked when we won.”