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Clarkson University Students Excel at North Country Regional Business Plan Competition

Clarkson University teams celebrated five first-place, three second-place and two third-place wins at the North Country Business Plan Competition held on campus.

Winners at the 2015 North Country Regional Business Plan Competition display their awards. Clarkson University teams celebrated five first-place, three second-place and two third-place wins.The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship in Clarkson's School of Business partnered with SUNY Plattsburgh to co-host the North Country regional competition. A total of 35 teams with about 81 students from Clarkson, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, Clinton Community College, Paul Smith's College and Alexandria Central School District presented at the event.

"This competition provides student teams with a platform to pitch their ideas, receive feedback and iterate to ultimately create a strong, market-viable product or service," said Matthew Draper, executive director of the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson.

Prizes for each of the University team tracks were $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Erin Draper, director of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson, said the top two finishers in each category will advance to the New York State Competition on April 24 in Albany, N.Y.

"It is inspiring to feel the passion these students displayed for their ideas and for their startups," she said. "We will continue to mentor and support them through the next stages of venture development."

The winning teams are:

- Energy & Sustainability, First Place -- Two Horse Transit, LLC, Aaron August (Paul Smith's College); Third Place -- Solar Fold, Mackenzie Renskers, Lilly Muffoletto and Brandon Artura (SUNY Plattsburgh)

- Products & Services, First Place -- Four Score Jeans, Courtney Black, Grayden Shand, Aleem Sutar, Kurt Moore and Joel Hargrave (Clarkson University); Second Place -- Powder Partner, Michael Dalberth and Daniel Drake (Clarkson University); Third Place -- Panlov Personal Chef Creations, Marjorie Antoniou, Jaylene Johnston and Hope Laramee (SUNY Plattsburgh)

- Information Technology & Software, First Place -- Z-Score, Joe Siracuse and Kevin MacVittie (Clarkson University); Second Place -- M-Square, James Myer (SUNY Potsdam); Third Place -- Concept Cram, Nicole Bailey and Timothy Allen (Clarkson University)

- Nano Technology & Advanced Tech, First Place -- Elecktrac, Megan Collier, Connor Bayly, Alex Fulciniti, Nitin Sabnani and Chris Eun (Clarkson University); Second Place -- Airvo-Kalervo Hyppa, Brian Heneghan and Aaron Dahl (Clarkson University); Third Place -- Advanced Strength Training Technologies, Robert Shea (Clarkson University)

- Healthcare/Biotechnology, First Place -- Comfy Pets, LLC, Bryce Bandish (Clarkson University)

- Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit Category, First Place -- The Unmet Need, Jenna Boss (Clarkson University); Second Place -- Sanovie, McKenna Towers, Christine Gohl, Yi Aurora Wang, Libby McCusker and Lawrence Rosa (Clarkson University); Third Place -- Altru Bloom, David Miller, Matt Fowler, Kentaro Hibino and Brendan Schecker (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Clarkson students Colton Weaver and Katy Martin of Lilo also won second place at the Mohawk Valley Regional Competition and are advancing to the New York State Competition.

Alexandria Central high school students Cameron Morgan, Benjamin Nelson, Talon Parker and Victoria Ciarfella won first place in the high school track of the competition. This is the first time the North Country Regional Business Plan Competition included a track for students in grades nine through 12 who are running their own business or who are working on a business plan in the classroom.

"We are grateful to our co-hosts, SUNY Plattsburgh’s Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and to our sponsors, who include lead sponsors Golden Technology Management, Entrepreneur Coffee, and SymQuest Technology; supporting sponsors the Development Corporation and the Startup Strategy Group; and friend sponsors Watertown Savings Bank and Bousquet Holstein, PLLC," Erin Draper said.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Winners at the 2015 North Country Regional Business Plan Competition display their awards. Clarkson University teams celebrated five first-place, three second-place and two third-place wins.

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