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Conan McDonnell – Chemical Instrumentation & Analysis

I graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Instrumentation & Analysis in 2012, receiving a 1.1 where I was awarded the Thomas Carroll perpetual trophy for excellence. The main highlights of my time as an undergraduate was the support provided by Dept. of Applied Science as a mature student and the amount of practical lab time which enabled me to learn and practice vital laboratory skills.

After this I started my postgraduate research in Shannon ABC under the supervision of Dr. Michael Geary. My charge was to develop methods in the analysis of pharmacologically active compounds in the common ivy plant and to investigate the honey made from ivy flowers. As a beekeeper, this was of great personal interest to me and led me toward the path I’m currently on.

In August 2014 with the help of LIT’s enterprise development office and Enterprise Ireland I set up a new company called BeeActiv, to sell premium Irish honey and bee products to the health food sector. I received support from EI under their flagship New Frontiers programme, which gives entrepreneurs financial, training and mentorship supports. At the 2015 LIT Business Enterprise Awards our Company was awarded the “Best Pitch/Presentation” award providing us with further support and fast tracking our successful funding application for the 25K Enterprise Ladder Fund.

2016 finds me at a very exciting time in my life, growing a new business and encouraged in the knowledge that LIT has been a crucial part of my development and growth from the outset.

For me, it started in LIT

Conan McDonnell
Founder, BeeActive
LIT Graduate 2012 – B.Sc. in Chemical Instrumentation & Analysis

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