Nick Cotter co-founded Cotter Agritech with his brother Jack. The Limerick-based start-up has received awards at home and abroad.

University College Cork student Nick Cotter has won the top prize at this year’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.

Cotter is CEO and co-founder of Cotter Agritech, a Limerick-based business that specializes in targeting technology and sheep handling systems.

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards is an annual competition for students around the world who own and run a business while attending college or university.

The 22-year-old law and business student beat off competition from more than 1,000 applicants in 40 countries after a year-long nomination, application and pitch process.

His prize is $40,000 from the competition’s organizers, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, to invest in his business.

“It’s so much more than I ever thought was possible, becoming world champion,” said Cotter, commenting on his victory.

“Each stage of the competition is quite intense and you hope. It’s an incredible achievement and pure joy for me,” he added, thanking his mentors and the judges.

This isn’t the first time Cotter has been recognized for the business he started with his brother Jack.

The pair won the Engineers Ireland Student Innovator of the Year award in 2019 and the best agri-engineering start-up at the 2019 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards.

Cotter was recently placed third in this year’s Ideate Ireland business competition, which rewards entrepreneurial skills and new ideas from undergraduate and postgraduate students. He shared his third place prize of €5,000 with Dr Fiona McGillicuddy and Dr Rachel Byrne from MetHealth.

Earlier in the year, Cotter Agritech participated in the inaugural AgTechUCD AgTechelerator program, which was dedicated to early-stage agritech and food start-ups. At the end of the 12-week programme, Cotter Agritech was announced as the winner of the AIB and Yield Lab AgTech Start-up 2022 award, winning €10,000.

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