Summer Graduation 2016 Archive

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The sky’s the limit for successful crowdfunding Law student


A Queen’s University student is already set for business success upon graduation with her Law degree this week.

Shannon Jones, from Barnmeen, near Newry, has successfully crowdfunded a new business venture while completing her degree. Her business startup is called Knowho and is a web based platform to facilitate research proposals.

While studying for her degree in Law, Shannon realised how social media was changing to serve the workplace.  She developed the initial concept of developing an online platform for global researchers, and after a successful crowdfunding campaign, she, and her team of four fellow Queen’s students, secured a place with Entrepreneurial Spark, a business accelerator programme.

After graduation, Shannon and her team are due to move into the ‘Hatch Offices’ at Entrepreneurial Spark where they will begin a pilot of the programme with the view to launch in the new year.

Speaking ahead of her graduation, Shannon said: “University is the perfect place to start a business because you are provided with so many invaluable free programmes and contacts. I would urge everyone to take what is on offer when studying at Queen’s. No one is out of reach and the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Patrick Johnson, also sat down and met with us about our ideas. Queen’s has a proven track record for supporting and growing successful business and the expertise and support available is second to none.”

Queen’s is currently the number one Higher Education institution in the UK for the commercialisation of its Intellectual Property.

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