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Clarkson Hosts Annual North Country Regional Business Plan Competition Virtually

Several teams of Clarkson University students received cash prizes Friday in the ninth annual North Country Regional Business Plan Competition, hosted by Clarkson and coordinated by Clarkson Ignite.

The North Country Regional Business Plan Competition is one of the largest college business plan competitions in the world. It is the only statewide college business plan competition that is regionally coordinated and collaborative. Each team has 10 minutes to present and five minutes to answer questions from the judges. Since 2010, more than 2,500 student teams have had the opportunity to present their ideas during the competitions.

This year’s virtual event included 32 registered teams from Clarkson University, SUNY College at Plattsburgh, Utica College, Paul Smith’s College and St. Lawrence University. This competition is one of 10 regional competitions held throughout New York State for student teams to qualify for the state competition, which will be held virtually on May 7.

The following teams placed in the competition within the ‘tracks’ specified by New York State competition rules, receiving monetary awards of $500 for third place, $1,000 for second place and $2,000 for first place. All first- and second-ranked teams are eligible to compete in the NYS competition in May.

Track: Software and Services
1st place – GrowMi, Clarkson University

2nd place – SOCIA, Saint-Laurent University

3rd Place – Neighbors Rating, SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Track: AgTech and food

1st Place – Garden Guardian, Clarkson University

2nd Place – Mels Delights, SUNY College at Plattsburgh

3rd Place – Bookish Brew, Paul Smith’s College

Track: Consumer and professional products

1st place – Memoberry, SUNY College at Plattsburgh

2nd Place – SenseTech Solutions, SUNY College at Plattsburgh

3rd Place – Aluminum Adirondack, Clarkson University

Track: Infrastructure, 1st Responder and Defense

1st Place – ANA Smart Safety, Clarkson University

2nd Place – Palmer Technologies, Clarkson University

3rd Place – Eagle Eye Drones, Clarkson University

Path: Education and well-being

1st place – Frasier’s, Paul Smith’s College

2nd Place – Curious and Driven, SUNY College at Plattsburgh

3rd Place – Triple D, Clarkson University

Clarkson University and Clarkson Ignite would like to thank the following individuals for their participation as judges in this year’s competition.

Dennis Danella – Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Eric Foster – High Peak Concepts, LLC
Joseph Visalli – Angels of Eastern New York
Mark Cornett – Precise Biometrics Inc.
Mark Sperry – Sperry Energy/LC Discs
Melinda Little – Point Positif Inc.
Lenore VanderZee – SUNY Canton
Brooke Rouse – St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Josh Parker – Parker Maple

Clarkson University and Clarkson Ignite would also like to thank this year’s sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible.

NuMed Inc.
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Sperry Energy
Positive Point Inc.
The Shipley Center for Innovation

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